Assssment of human exposure to benzene through foods from the Belgian market

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (not verified)

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Benzene is a volatile organic compound known to be carcinogenic to humans (Group 1) and may be present in food. In the present study, 455 food samples from the Belgian market were analyzed for benzene contents and some possible sources of its occurrence in the foodstuffs were evaluated. Benzene was found above the level of detection in 58% of analyzed samples with the highest contents found in processed foods such as smoked and canned fish, and foods which contained these as ingredients (up to 76.21 µg kg(-1)). Unprocessed foods such as raw meat, fish, and eggs contained much lower concentr…

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