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Record number 405620
Title Perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) throughout the food production chain
Author(s) Asselt, E.D. van; Rietra, R.P.J.J.; Romkens, P.F.A.M.; Fels-Klerx, H.J. van der
Source Food Chemistry 128 (2011)1. - ISSN 0308-8146 - p. 1 - 6.
Department(s) RIKILT - Business Unit Safety & Health
SS - Soil Chemistry and Nature
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) contaminated drinking-water - perfluorinated compounds - human exposure - perfluoroalkyl contaminants - organic-compounds - treatment plants - surface-water - japan - fish - chemicals
Abstract Perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) is a persistent organic pollutant with adverse effects on human health. Since dietary intake plays an important role in human exposure, the transfer of PFOS throughout the food chain needs further investigation. The aim of this paper is to give an overview of PFOS concentrations and transfer for the various chain steps from farm-to-fork. This reveals that most research focused on levels of PFOS in surface water and fish but data on soil and crops are largely missing. Furthermore, the uptake of PFOS by farm animals and subsequent transfer into meat and animal products needs further attention, as these products will eventually be consumed by the human population. Once the necessary data gaps are filled, the contribution of the various chain steps on the total PFOS intake can be established. Moreover, the effect of pollution events on the food chain can be established enabling appropriate actions in order to protect consumer health.
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