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Abstract

The 1999 PCB contamination incident in Belgium [1-5] led to a maximum level (ML) of200 ng PCBs/g fat (as a sum of the 7 PCB congeners 28, 52, 101, 118, 138, 153, 180). This was published by the European Community (2000/150/EC) [6-11] as a limit for exporting meat from Belgium to other European states. All meat and related food products have to be controlled for this value. Additionally a vigorous quality assurance programme was launched on the controlling laboratories, which were asked to demonstrate their performance with quality control materials such as CRMs. In the early stage, the CRMs on cod and mackerel oil were used, but soon a new material consisting of a pork fat sample that was spiked with PCBs was sent to the institutions as an unknown. Samples from this production were certified and can be obtained for similar problems.

This report describes the preparation of PCB in pork fat reference materials and the results of 2 proficiency testing (PT) rounds using this material. Throughout this report, all concentrations are given in ng PCB/g fat as most legislative regulations refer to this unit [6-12]

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Authors: PAUWELS J, JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Retieseweg B-2440 Geel;SEJEROE-OLSEN B, JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Retieseweg B-2440 Geel;HARBECK S, JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Retieseweg B-2440 Geel;BERNREUTHER A, JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Retieseweg B-2440 Geel;LINSINGER T, JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Retieseweg B-2440 Geel;BESTER K, JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Retieseweg B-2440 Geel;SCHIMMEL H, JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Retieseweg B-2440 Geel
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19737 EN (2000) 43pp., EURO: FREE of charge
Availability: Available from the Documentation service JRC Ispra Fax:+39-0332-785818
ISBN: ISBN N/A Ref: EUR 19737
Record Number: 200013130 / Last updated on: 2001-06-12
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en