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Exposure of xenobiotics in food. Example compounds: Butyl benzyl phtalate (BBP), Benzo(a)pyrene and Fluoranthene

Blootstelling aan xenobiotica in voeding. Voorbeeldstoffen: Butyl benzyl phtalate (BBP), Benzo(a)pyreen en Fluorantheen

Synopsis

Two 'ad-hoc' exposure assessments for chemical compounds in food were handled in order to test the general outline proposed in a former report. The first assessment referred to the phtalate BBP (butyl benzyl phtalate) , the second to the PAHs benzo(a)pyrene and fluoranthene. For both assessments it is described how data on concentrations in food items were gathered and how these concentrations were translated in an intake for a relevant part of the population. Intake of BBP has a median of 0.144 mug/kg/day between 20 and 70 years of age. In the first 5 years of life, BBP intake is about double this value. The median intake for benzo(a)pyrene and fluoranthene was 2.712 and 17.937 ng/kg/day, respectively. Bottlenecks in the exposure assessment were identified in data availability and in the way the computer programs summarise the exposure data.
 

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