Occurrence of volatile organic compounds in foods from the Belgian market and dietary exposure assessment

Last updated on 7-4-2021 by Jill Alexandre

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Because volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are ubiquitous in the environment and may represent health risks, it is important to know whether they are present in our diet and to identify possible sources in order to reduce daily intake. In the present study, 377 food samples from the Belgian market were screened for the presence of 21 VOCs. The most prevalent of these compounds and respective percentages of occurrence were: chloroform (97%), toluene (95%), ethyl benzene (80%), o-xylene (79%) and benzene (58%). Dietary intake by the Belgian adult population was calculated for these five most p…

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