Dietary exposure to dioxin-like compounds in three age groups: Results from the Flemish environment and health study
Bilau, Maaike × Matthys, Christophe Baeyens, Willy Bruckers, Liesbeth De Backer, Guy Den Hond, Elly Keune, Hans Koppen, Gudrun Nelen, Vera Schoeters, Greet Van Larebeke, Nicolas Willems, Jan L De Henauw, Stefaan #
Chemosphere vol:70 issue:4 pages:584-592
Lipophilic contaminants are present in the environment and bioaccumulate in the food chain. Therefore, their intake via animal fat of various sources was assessed for three age groups of the Flemish population, participating in a large biomonitoring program of the Flemish government. In total, 1636 adolescents (14-15 years), I 186 mothers (18-44 years), and 1586 adults (50-65 years) participated in the study and completed a semi quantitative food frequency questionnaire. Individual consumption data were combined, via a so-called simple distribution approach, with recent data on polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/furans and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls, measured via the chemical-activated luciferase gene expression (CALUX) bio-assay in food items available on the Flemish market.