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See detailDioxin Body Burden of Populations Living in the Vicinity of Two Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators (MSWI) in Belgium
Fierens, S.; mairesse, H.; Focant, Jean-François ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2001), 52

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See detailDioxin Food Crises and New POPs: Challenges in Analyses
Focant, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2012, September)

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See detailDioxin food crises and new POPs: challenges in analysis
Focant, Jean-François ULg

in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2012), 403

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See detailTHE DIOXIN FUNCTION AS A USEFUL TOOL FOR ASSESSING DIOXIN LABORATORY PERFORMANCES IN PROFICIENCY TESTS
Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Van Cleuvenbergen, Rudy; Smastuen Haug, Line et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2007)

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See detailDioxin levels in European eels, a Belgian study
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Geeraerts, C.; Eppe, Gauthier ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2010, September)

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See detailDioxin levels in fertilizers from Belgium: Determination and evaluation of the potential impact on soil contamination
Elskens, M; Pussemier, L; Dumortier, P et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2013), 454-455

Dioxins are harmful Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to which humans are exposed mostly via the consumption of animal products. They can enter the food chain at any stage, including crop fertilization ... [more ▼]

Dioxins are harmful Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to which humans are exposed mostly via the consumption of animal products. They can enter the food chain at any stage, including crop fertilization. Fertilizers belong to several categories: synthetic chemicals providing the essential elements (mostly N, P and K) that are required by the crops but also organic fertilizers or amendments, liming materials, etc. Ninety-seven samples of fertilizers were taken in Belgium during the year 2011 and analyzed after a soft extraction procedure for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (DL-PCBs) using GC-IDHRMS. Only small qualitative differences could be observed between the main fertilizer categories since the PCDD:PCDF:DL-PCB average ratio obtained with the results expressed in WHO 2005-TEQ was often close to 30:30:40 (typically for sewage sludge) or 40:30:30 (typically for compost). The median dioxin levels determined were generally lower than recorded previously and were the highest for sewage sludge and compost (5.6 and 5.5 ng TEQ/kg dry weight (dw), respectively). The levels in other fertilizers were lower including manure for which the median value was only 0.2 ng TEQ/kg dw. Several fertilization scenarios relying on the use of those fertilizers were assessed taking into consideration the application conditions prevailing in Belgium. From this assessment it could be concluded that the contribution of fertilizers to the overall soil contamination will be low by comparison of other sources of contamination such as atmospheric depositions. At the field scale, intensive use of compost and sewage sludge will increase dramatically the dioxin inputs compared with other fertilization practices but this kind of immission to the soil will still be relatively low compared to the dioxin atmospheric depositions. [less ▲]

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See detailDioxin-like compounds in porpoises and seals from the southern North Sea: relationship with biological and ecological factors
Das, Krishna ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2008), 70

The North Sea represents a major ecosystem for the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina). The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) occurs more occasionally in the southern ... [more ▼]

The North Sea represents a major ecosystem for the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina). The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) occurs more occasionally in the southern part of the North Sea. Their population over this last decade has experienced major fluctuations likely linked to prey availability and seal epizootics. Despite being banned more than 30 years ago, levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in marine mammals are still of concern due to historical contamination of the North Sea. [less ▲]

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See detailDioxin/polychlorinated biphenyl body burden, diabetes and endometriosis: findings in a population-based study in Belgium
Fierens, S.; Mairesse, H.; Heilier, J. F. et al

in Biomarkers : Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, & Susceptibility to Chemicals (2003), 8(6), 529-534

Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are persistent organic pollutants widely distributed in the food chain, which is the main source of human exposure. Their effects on human health at background ... [more ▼]

Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are persistent organic pollutants widely distributed in the food chain, which is the main source of human exposure. Their effects on human health at background exposure levels are still poorly understood. Recent epidemiological evidence suggests a possible association between these pollutants and diabetes. We report here the results of a population-based study in Belgium on 257 (142 women and 115 men) environmentally exposed subjects, including 10 cases of endometriosis and nine cases of diabetes. Seventeen 2,3,7,8-polychlorinated dibenzodioxins/dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs or dioxins), four coplanar PCBs (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry [IUPAC] nos 77, 81, 126 and 169) and 12 PCB markers ( IUPAC nos 3, 8, 28, 52, 101, 118, 138, 153, 180, 194, 206 and 209) were quantified in serum fat from fasting blood samples in order to estimate the body burden of these pollutants. Whilst no difference was found between women with endometriosis and their controls, diabetic patients had significantly increased serum levels of dioxins, coplanar PCBs and the 12 PCB markers. After adjustment for age and other covariates, serum total toxic equivalent activity (sum of PCDD/Fs and coplanar PCBs) and 12 PCB marker concentrations in diabetics were 62% (p=0.0005) and 39% (p=0.0067) higher, respectively, than in controls. The risk of diabetes was significantly increased in subjects in the top decile for adjusted concentrations of dioxins (odds ratio 5.1, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.18-21.7), coplanar PCBs (odds ratio 13.3, 95% CI 3.31-53.2) or 12 PCB markers (odds ratio 7.6, 95% CI 1.58-36.3). These findings warrant further studies to assess the significance of the associations between diabetes and environmental exposure to polychlorinated pollutants. [less ▲]

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See detailDioxin2011 Highlights
Focant, Jean-François ULg

Report (2011)

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See detailLa dioxine, info ou intox? A propos de l'acné de Seveso et de Yushchenko.
Pierard, Gérald ULg; Plomteux, Guy ULg; Denooz, Raphael ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2005), 60(1), 18-22

The generic term "dioxin" covers more than 400 chemicals of which less than 30 prove to be toxic. Such compounds are involved in environmental pollutions and in food contaminations. Some selected dioxins ... [more ▼]

The generic term "dioxin" covers more than 400 chemicals of which less than 30 prove to be toxic. Such compounds are involved in environmental pollutions and in food contaminations. Some selected dioxins have also been used as a non-lethal chemical weapon. The assessment of the impact on health needs a precise toxicological identification. Without that basic assessment, a discrepancy may appear between the real risk linked to the exposure and the concerns and fear generated in the population, particularly because in animals the toxic concentrations of dioxins can interfere with some hormonal systems, alter immunity, induce chloracne, and participate in the development of sarcomas, lymphomas and some carcinomas. They may be responsible for some birth defects. [less ▲]

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See detailLes dioxines dans la chaîne alimentaire : évaluation du risque dans le cadre normatif et dans le contexte d’un accident ponctuel.
Vromman, V.; Pussemier, L.; Saegerman, Claude ULg

in Application de l’évaluation des risques dans la chaîne alimentaire (2007)

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See detailDioxines en PCB’s in Chinese wolhandkrab uit het Benedenrivierengebied
van Hattum, B; Nijssen, P; Focant, Jean-François ULg

Report (2013)

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See detailDioxines en PCB’s in paling uit het Benedenrivierengebied
van Hattum, B; Nijssen, P; Focant, Jean-François ULg et al

Report (2013)

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See detailDioxines: Un risque pour la santé ou une arme économique?
Focant, Jean-François ULg

Article for general public (2000)

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See detailDioxins and PCBs in eel and Chinese mitten crabs in the Rhine-Meuse estuary
van Hattum, B; Nijssen, P; Focant, Jean-François ULg et al

Poster (2014, May)

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See detailDioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls contamination in poultry liver related to food safety - A review
Ghimpeteanu, Oana-Margarita; Militaru, Manuella; Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg

in Food Control (2014), 38

The present article reviews the most important scientific literature on dioxins and PCBs found in poultry liver and their relation with food safety and consumers’ health. Dioxins and polychlorinated ... [more ▼]

The present article reviews the most important scientific literature on dioxins and PCBs found in poultry liver and their relation with food safety and consumers’ health. Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are persistent organic pollutants with high chemical stability; they are lipophilic compounds and they are not destroyed by microbial, photochemical, chemical or thermal degradation. Dioxins and PCBs are ubiquitous environmental contaminants, which are present in all marine plant and animals, birds, mammals and humans and bioaccumulate through the food chain. In the last years, there has been concern regarding food contamination with different chemical substances and their effect on food safety. More particularly, at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, there were a series of incidents related to dioxin and PCBs, which directly affected human or contaminated the soil and accumulated in feed and then in food products, such as poultry liver. It was shown in case of dioxin incident that tetra and penta-chlorinated congeners (the most toxic ones) accumulates selectively in poultry livers. Maximal concentrations have been fixed in the European legislation for dioxins and PCBs in food from animal origin, in order to protect the consumer. Data about background poultry liver contamination are scarce and the few available show levels below the legal limit for dioxins, but data are still lacking for DL-PCBs. [less ▲]

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See detailDioxins in Human Milk from Different Regions of France: Pilot of the French Longitudinal Study of Children (ELFE)
Vandentoren, S; Frery, N; Bidondo, ML et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2011), 73

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