Persistent Organic Pollutants and Toxic Metals in Foods book cover

Persistent Organic Pollutants and Toxic Metals in Foods

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and toxic elements, such as dioxins, flame retardants, lead and mercury, are substances of major concern for the food industry, the regulator and the public. They persist in the environment, accumulate in food chains and may adversely affect human health if ingested over certain levels or with prolonged exposure. Persistent organic pollutants and toxic metals in foods explores the scientific and regulatory challenges of ensuring that our food is safe to eat.

Part one provides an overview of regulatory efforts to screen, monitor and control persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals in foods and includes case studies detailing regulatory responses to food contamination incidents. Part two moves on to highlight particular POPs, toxic metals and metalloids in foods, including dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and phthalates.

Persistent organic pollutants and toxic metals in foods is a standard reference for those in the food industry responsible for food safety, laboratories testing for food chemical safety, regulatory authorities responsible for ensuring the safety of food, and researchers in industry and academia interested in the science supporting food chemical safety.

Hardbound, 520 Pages

Published: May 2013

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-85709-245-8

Contents

  • Part 1 Regulatory control and environmental pathways: Persistent organic pollutants in foods: Science, policy and regulation; Regulatory control and monitoring of heavy metals and trace elements in foods; Screening and confirmatory methods for the detection of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in foods; Screening and confirmatory methods for the detection of heavy metals in foods; Responding to food contamination incidents: Principles and examples from cases involving dioxins; Uptake of organic pollutants and potentially toxic elements (PTEs) by crops; Transfer and uptake of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into sheep: A case study; Risk assessment of chemical contaminants and residues in foods. Part 2 Particular persistent organic pollutants, toxic metals and metalloids: Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in foods; Non dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (NDL-PCBs) in foods: Exposure and health hazards; Brominated flame retardants in foods; Human dietary exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs); Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in foods; Phthalates in foods; Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs) in food: Sources, analytical methodology, occurrence and human exposure; Mercury in foods; Arsenic in foods: Current issues related to analysis, toxicity and metabolism; Organotin compounds in foods.

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