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Determination of phthalates in foods and establishing methodology to distinguish their source
Project Code: C01048;
- Fernandes, A., Rose, M.D., Mortimer, D.N., Carr, M., Panton, S. & Smith, F. (2011) Mixed brominated/chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, dibenzofurans and biphenyls: simultaneous congener-selective determination in food. Journal of Chromatography A, 1218, 9279-9287 doi:10.1016/j.chroma.2011.10.058
Food and Environment Research Agency, Sand Hutton, York YO41 1LZ
The objectives of this work were to allow total dietary intakes to be estimated, examine whether it is possible to distinguish between environmental and food contact material sources of phthalates in foods, and to establish the ranges of phthalates concentrations in food.
For the phthalate source studies, 29 foodstuffs were anaylsed along with their packaging to establish the presence or absence of phthalates in the packaging materials. Phthalates were detected at low levels in 9 of the 29 packaging materials. Studies carried out in this part of the project confirmed that phthalates could be present in foods as a result of migration from food packaging materials.
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