Priority Environmental Chemical Contaminants in Meat

  • Gianfranco Brambilla
  • Annalaura Iamiceli
  • Alessandro di Domenico
Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)


Generally, foods of animal origin play an important role in determining the exposure of human beings to contaminants of both biological and chemical origins (Ropkins & Beck, 2002; Lievaart et al., 2005). A potentially large number of chemicals could be considered, several of them deserving a particular attention due to their occurrence (contaminations levels and frequencies) and intake scenarios reflecting the differences existing in the economical, environmental, social and ecological contexts in which the “from-farm-to-fork” activities related to meat production are carried out (FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization, 2008).

For the reasons reported above, the prioritization of contaminants of potential relevance to meat safety should be adequately framed within a risk analysis, a scientific process targeted on public health protection, aiming to estimate how much of a contaminant consumers in general and/or population-sensitive groups (such as children or elderly...


European Union Meat Product Organochlorine Pesticide Animal Origin Perfluorooctane Sulfonate 
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action level


Association of Official Analytical Chemists


accelerated solvent extraction


Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food


duplicate diet




decabromodiphenyl ether


dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls


European Commission


electron capture detector


European Food Safety Authority


electron impact


Environmental Protection Agency


electrospray interface


European Union


Food and Agriculture Organization


Food and Drug Administration


Food Safety Agency


gel permeation chromatography


hazard analysis of critical control points






high-performance liquid chromatography


high-resolution gas chromatography


high-resolution mass spectrometry


International Agency for Research on CancerIS internal standard


liquid chromatography


low-resolution mass spectrometry


maximum level


maximum residue limit


non-dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyl


octabromodiphenyl ether


polybrominated diphenyl ether


polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin


polychlorinated dibenzofuran


pentabromodiphenyl ether


polyfluorinated alkylated substances


perfluorooctanoic acid


perfluorooctane sulfonate


pressurized liquid extraction


persistent organic pollutant


short-chained chlorinated paraffin


Scientific Committee on Food


supercritical fluid extraction


solid-phase extraction


tolerable daily intake


total diet study


tolerable monthly intake


tolerable weekly intake


United Nations Environment Programme


United States Department of Agriculture


World Health Organization


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gianfranco Brambilla
    • 1
  • Annalaura Iamiceli
  • Alessandro di Domenico
  1. 1.Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Toxicological Chemistry UnitItaly

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