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A rapid analytical method for the determination of PCBs in fatty food matrices is described. The principles is as flowed: the homogenized sample is mixed with sodium sulphate, quartz sand an internal standard and transferred into a chromatographic column. The fat portion and the PCBs are extracted from the sample with a mixture of hexane and acetone and liquid extract is evaporated to a defined volume. The extract is divided into two portions for the subsequent fat determination of the sample and the PCB-analysis. The PCB-analysis is comprised of two steps: (1) the defatting of the extract with concentrated sulphuric acid and (2) the quantification of the target PCBs congeners by GC/ECD.

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Authors: ANKLAM E, IHCP, Ispra (IT);MUELLER A, IHCP, Ispra (IT);VON HOLST C, IHCP, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19009 EN (1999), 13pp.
Availability: Available free of charge from by Documentation Unit JRC Ispra (IT)
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