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In this article, the production and validation of a new certified reference material, PCBs in animal fat, for the control of the maximum level of 200 ng/g setup by the European Communities for veterinary products from Belgium is described. Three materials are established: a blank, one material with about 100 ng.g and one with about 200 ng/g (sum of seven PCBs). Data on the production and certification are given. Additionally, this material was used as an unknown test material in the quality assurance program of the Belgium meat monitoring system (before the certification of the materials). While the certification was performed with an uncertainty of less than 10%, the round robin exhibited larger deviations. However, these deviations were less than 20% for most of the 30 participating laboratories. Only two had significantly higher deviations.

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Authors: BESTER K ET AL, JRC, IRMM, Geel (BE);DE POORTER G, Ministry of Agriculture, Inspectorate General Raw Materials and Processed Products, Brussels (BE);RIMKUS G G, Official Food and Veterinary Institute, Neumunster (DE);SCHLABACH M, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Kjeller (NO)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Chemosphere, Vol.44 (2001), pp.529-537
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