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Title: Probabilistic approach to polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) exposure through eel consumption in recreational fishermen vs. the general population
Authors: Bilau, M.
Sioen, I.
Matthys, Christophe
De VOCHT, Alain
Goemans, G.
Belpaire, C.
Willems, J. L.
De Henauw, S.
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: FOOD ADDITIVES AND CONTAMINANTS, 24(12). p. 1386-1393
Abstract: Concentrations of the sum of the seven indicator PCBs (Sigma(7) iPCBs) measured in non-commercial European eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) in Flanders are high: in 80% of all sampled localities, the Belgian PCB standard for fish was exceeded. The objective of this study was to assess the intake of the Sigma(7) iPCBs through consumption of eel by recreational fishermen and to compare it to the intake of a background population. The median estimated intake for recreational fishermen varied between 18.4 and 237.6 ng iPCBs kg(-1) bw day(-1), depending on the consumption scenario, while the estimated intake of the background population (consumers only) was 4.3 ng iPCBs kg(-1) bw day(-1). Since the levels of intake via eel for two intake scenarios were, respectively, 50 and 25 times higher than the intake of the background population, the body burden (BB) might be proportionally higher and reach levels of toxicological relevance. The intake of the seven iPCBs via consumption of self-caught eel in Flanders is at a level to cause serious concern. The Flemish catch-and-release obligation for eel, established in 2002, should be maintained and supervised (more) carefully.
Notes: Univ Ghent, Dept Publ Hlth, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. Univ Ghent, Dept Food Safety & Food Qual, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. Hasselt Univ, Ctr Environm Sci, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. Inst Forestry & Game Management, B-1560 Hoeilaart, Belgium.Bilau, M, Univ Ghent, Dept Publ Hlth, UZ 2 Blok A,De Pintelaan 185, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium.maaike.bilau@ugent.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/7788
DOI: 10.1080/02652030701459848
ISI #: 000251572100009
ISSN: 0265-203X
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2009
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