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Sources, consumer exposure and risks of organotin contamination in seafood

Objective

The biocide tributyltin (TBT) is widely used in anti-fouling ship paint and accumulates through the marine food chain. A recent literature survey revealed that in some European countries present levels of TBT in seafood exceed the Tolerable Daily Intake for humans and may pose a risk to the consumer. However, the available data were very limited and for most EU-countries no information was available. The main objective of OT -SAFE is to improve the quality of seafood in Europe and end the current uncertainty regarding TBT levels and the associated risks to consumers. An extensive database will be compiled on TBT levels in seafood at major EU fishing grounds and the possibilities to reduce the TBT content of seafood during kitchen preparation will be studied. A risk assessment will be made and maximum residue limits for TBT in seafood will be derived, taking import/export fluxes and consumption patterns into account. OT-SAFE will contribute positively to the ongoing discussion between scientists, government, industry and environmental pressure groups on the risks of TBT. If found necessary, the results will help EU-regulators to set seafood advisory guidelines.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM - VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERWIJS
Address
De Boelelaan 1115
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

Participants (5)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Avenue De L'université
64000 Pau
GALAB TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
Address
Max-planck-strasse 1
21502 Geesthacht
ITALIAN AGENCY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Italy
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
00196 Roma
UNIVERSIDAD DE HUELVA
Spain
Address
Campus Universitario La Rabida
21819 La Rabida
UNIVERSITE DE PAU ET DES PAYS DE L'ADOUR
France
Address
Avenue De L'universite
Pau