Investigation of the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons contamination in spices and dried herbs available on the Belgian market

Last updated on 30-1-2020 by Philippe Szternfeld

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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a very broad class of processing contaminants showing genotoxic and carcinogenic effects. For many years, high amounts of PAHs have been found in spices and dried herbs due to bad drying and smoking practices. Therefore, in 2015, European Commission (Reg. (EU) 1933/2015) fixed Maximal Residue Level (MRL) for PAHs in these matrices at 10 µg/kg for the benzo[a]pyrene and 50 µg/kg for the sum of four PAHs focused by the EU legislation (benzo[a]anthracene, chrysene, benzo[b]fluoranthene and benzo[a]pyrene). Although this legislation has been adopted 3…

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