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See detailAnalysis of furan by GC/MS
Scholl, Georges ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg et al

Poster (2007)

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See detailImpact of iron and steel industry and waste incinerators on human exposure to dioxins, PCBs, and heavy metals: results of a cross-sectional study in Belgium.
Fierens, Sebastien; Mairesse, Helene; Heilier, Jean-Francois et al

in Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A (2007), 70(3-4), 222-6

We evaluated the impact of two iron and steel plants and two municipal solid waste incinerators (MSWI) in Wallonia (Belgium) on the exposure of residents to dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and ... [more ▼]

We evaluated the impact of two iron and steel plants and two municipal solid waste incinerators (MSWI) in Wallonia (Belgium) on the exposure of residents to dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and heavy metals. In total, 142 volunteers living around these facilities were recruited and compared with 63 referents from a rural area with no industrial source of pollution. Information about smoking habits, dietary habits, anthropometric characteristics, residential history, and health status was obtained from a self-administered questionnaire. The volunteers provided blood under fasting conditions in order to evaluate the body burden of dioxins (17 polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofurans [PCDD/Fs] congeners) and PCBs. Samples of blood and urine were also taken for the determination of cadmium, mercury, and lead. After adjustment for covariates, concentrations of cadmium, mercury, and lead in urine or blood were not increased in subjects living in the vicinity of MSWIs or sinter plants by comparison with referents. Residents around the sinter plants and the MSWI located in the industrial area had concentrations of dioxins and PCBs in serum similar to that of referents. By contrast, subjects living in the vicinity of the MSWI in the rural area showed significantly higher serum levels of dioxins (geometric mean, 38 vs. 24 pg TEQ/g fat) and coplanar PCBs (geometric mean, 10.8 vs. 7.0 pg TEQ/g fat). Although age-adjusted dioxin levels in referents did not vary with local animal fat consumption, concentrations of dioxins in subjects living around the incinerators correlated positively with their intake of local animal fat, with almost a doubling in subjects with the highest fat intake. These results indicate that dioxins and coplanar PCBs emitted by MSWIs can indeed accumulate in the body of residents who regularly consume animal products of local origin. [less ▲]

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See detailMethodologies for Measurement of Dioxins in Food
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg et al

in van Peteghem; de Saeger; Daeseleire (Eds.) Platform for Scientific Concertation: Food Safety (2007)

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See detailHigh-throughput biomonitoring of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls at the sub-picogram level in human serum
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Massart, Anne-Cécile ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2006), 1130(1), 97-107

We report on the use of a state-of-the-art method for the measurement of selected polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans and polychlorinated biphenyls in human serum specimens ... [more ▼]

We report on the use of a state-of-the-art method for the measurement of selected polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans and polychlorinated biphenyls in human serum specimens. The sample preparation procedure is based on manual small size solid-phase extraction (SPE) followed by automated clean-up and fractionation using multi-sorbent liquid chromatography columns. SPE cartridges and all clean-up columns are disposable. Samples are processed in batches of 20 units, including one blank control (BC) sample and one quality control (QC) sample. The analytical measurement is performed using gas chromatography coupled to isotope dilution high-resolution mass spectrometry. The sample throughput corresponds to one series of 20 samples per day, from sample reception to data quality cross-check and reporting, once the procedure has been started and series of samples keep being produced. Four analysts are required to ensure proper performances of the procedure. The entire procedure has been validated under International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 criteria and further tested over more than 1500 unknown samples during various epidemiological studies. The method is further discussed in terms of reproducibility, efficiency and long-term stability regarding the 35 target analytes. Data related to quality control and limit of quantification (LOQ) calculations are also presented and discussed. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailStrategy for DR-CALUX dioxin screening in feed under EC regulation
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Rybertt, M. S.; Eppe, Gauthier ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2006), 68

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See detailStrategy for DR-CALUX dioxin screening in feed under EC regulation
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Rybertt, Soledad; Focant, Jean-François ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2006), 68

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See detailDioxin analysis in feed: cell-based assay versus mass spectrometry method
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Rybertt, Soledad; Eppe, Gauthier ULg et al

in Accreditation and Quality Assurance (2006), 11(1-2), 38-43

In the determination of contaminants (dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, polyaromatic hydrocarbons), cell-based assays are useful methods for screening purposes: they are mainly characterized by high ... [more ▼]

In the determination of contaminants (dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, polyaromatic hydrocarbons), cell-based assays are useful methods for screening purposes: they are mainly characterized by high sample throughput and lower costs than the Mass Spectrometry (MS)-based methods. Although cell-based assays can be sensitive enough for the determination of dioxins and related substances in agreement with the presently tolerable limits in food and feed (Regulation No. 2375/2001/EC and Directive 2003/57/EC respectively), their lack of specificity make their use rather questionable in control laboratories. In this paper, we present and compare results obtained from the analysis of a limited number of feed samples by both gas chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry (GC-HRMS) and cell-based assay (DR-CALUX: dioxin responsive-chemically activated luciferase gene expression) methods. The DR-CALUX screening led to less than 10% false non-compliant and no false compliant results. In addition, there is a good correlation between GC-HRMS and DR-CALUX data. However, these preliminary results have to be confirmed on a larger number of samples to demonstrate that total toxic equivalent (TEQ), including dioxins, furans and dioxin-like polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) can be monitored in feed and food with a cell-based assay. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-Resolution GC Coupled to High-Resolution MS in the Analysis of Dioxins and Related Substances, Principles and Applications
Eppe, Gauthier ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg; Focant, Jean-François ULg

in Niessen, W. M. A. (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Mass Spectrometry, Volume 8, Hyphenated Methods (2006)

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See detailREMOVAL OF PCDD/FS AND DL-PCBS FROM FISH OILS BY VOLATILISATION PROCEDURES
Carbonnelle, Sophie; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Hellebosch, L. et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2006)

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See detailRemoval of dioxins and PCB from fish oil by activated carbon and its influence on the nutritional quality of the oil
Maes, Jeroen; De Meulenaer, B.; Van Heerswynghels, P. et al

in Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society [=JAOCS] (2005), 82(8), 593-597

Fish oils are well-known sources of nutritionally valuable components such as the n-3 FA EPA and DHA as well as the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and E. However, some fish oils can be contaminated with ... [more ▼]

Fish oils are well-known sources of nutritionally valuable components such as the n-3 FA EPA and DHA as well as the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and E. However, some fish oils can be contaminated with considerable amounts of dioxins and dioxin-like PCB. The most important challenge during fish oil refining is to remove these contaminants without altering the levels of nutritionally valuable compounds and the oxidative status and stability of the oil. Treatment with an apolar adsorbent, e.g., activated carbon (AC), seems to be the most efficient process today. Very little information about the adsorption of different dioxin and PCB congeners is available. Four grades of AC were evaluated for their efficiency in removing these compounds. In addition, the effects of the treatment on the nutritional and oxidative quality of the oil were evaluated. After treatment of contaminated cod liver oil [5.4 ppt toxic equivalents (TEQ) polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/F), 18.1 ppt TEQ dioxin-like PCB] with 0.5% AC, almost all PCDD/F and up to 80% of the dioxin-like PCB could be removed. AC showed low affinity for mono-ortho PCB (< 30% removal), which could be explained by their noncoplanar structure. Removal efficiencies were dependent on the grade and percentage of AC used. The treatment of contaminated cod liver oil caused no important effects on oil quality or FA composition in the conditions tested. [less ▲]

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See detailEnvironmental and human impact of an old-timer incinerator in terms of dioxin and PCB level: A case study
Pirard, Catherine; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Massart, Anne-Cécile ULg et al

in Environmental Science & Technology (2005), 39(13), 4721-4728

The impact of a recently closed old municipal solid waste incinerator (MSWI) on polychlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (POD), polychlorodibenzofuran (PCDF), and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) levels in the ... [more ▼]

The impact of a recently closed old municipal solid waste incinerator (MSWI) on polychlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (POD), polychlorodibenzofuran (PCDF), and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) levels in the surrounding environment and resident serum has been studied in a small rural area of France. Studied soils and eggs from chickens foraging on these soils were sampled in the vicinity of the MSWI under the prevailing wind stream, while comparison samples were collected outside the assumed impact zone. PCB levels observed in soils and eggs did not differ statistically from comparison sites. This confirmed the low impact of MSWI PCB emission on environmental media, compared to other well-known sources. PCDD/PCDF levels in soils and eggs were significantly higher than in comparison samples, pointing out the impact of MSWI emission on the surrounding environment. The high dioxin concentrations in eggs set aside for private consumption would increase the dioxin intake for the studied population. Blood specimens of 10 nonoccupationally exposed volunteers who had lived within a 2 km radius of the incinerator for at least 25 years have been analyzed. When adjusted for age, PCB and PCDD/F blood levels were higher than general European populations and comparable to a similarly exposed Belgian population. [less ▲]

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