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Persistent Organic Pollutants such as Dioxin, Furans and PCBs

The group of compounds called “dioxins” consists of multiple chlorine-bound dioxins, furans and chlorinated biphenyls. There are 7 dioxins, 10 furans and 18 chlorinated biphenyl (PCB) compounds in food and feed, which are limited in legal regulations and officially controlled.

Dioxins and furans are compounds that are not specially produced and are formed by exposure of organic compounds to high temperatures in the presence of chlorine, especially as a result of industrial activities. PCBs were specially produced and used in many branches of industry until 1970. Although banned in 1970, they can still be found in systems and many environments.

The toxic effect of a group of compounds called dioxins has been demonstrated in scientific studies and significant carcinogenic effects have been identified. The toxic effect of the dioxin compound known as 2,3,7,8-TCDD is 600 times higher than aflatoxins.

Another main feature of dioxins is that they are lipophilic. This feature gives them the ability to dissolve in the fatty tissues of the body. Therefore, they cannot bioaccumulate and be excreted from the body. Dioxins can be the main pollutants in all fatty foods, especially meat, milk, eggs and seafood.

Our technical system-team detects “Dioxin” compounds with high sensitivity with GC-HRMS device.