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Adam Vavrous wins Best Poster Award at Food Analysis Congress
Adam Vavrous wins Best Poster Award at Food Analysis Congress

In this study mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons, phthalates, photoinitiators, bisphenols and polyfluorinated compounds were monitored in 132 paper food packages. Samples were contaminated by complex mixtures of analytes reaching levels up to 628 mg/kg.
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Chemical Contamination of Paper-based Food Contact Materials
Chemical Contamination of Paper-based Food Contact Materials
Adam Vavrous (a,b), Lukas Vapenka (c), Jitka Sosnovcova (a), Kristina Kejlova (a), Dagmar Jirova (a)
(a) National Institute of Public Health, Czech Republic, (b) Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, (c) University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
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Poster Abstract
Paper and paperboard have been reported to contain various chemicals including mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH), phthalates, photoinitiators, bisphenols and polyfluorinated compounds (PFC) either resulting from the manufacturing process or entering the final product unintentionally. When paper is used for food packaging, present contaminants can easily transfer into contacted foodstufs. Our study attempted to bring the mentioned 5 groups of contaminants under control using a recently developed multianalyte method based on a QuEChERS-like extraction followed by both GC–MS/MS and HPLC–MS/MS. Analysis of 68 target analytes in 132 commercially available paper packages revealed the presence of 65 analytes reaching levels up to 628 mg/kg. Especially MOAH, phthalates, photoinitiators and bisphenols occur frequently in complex mixtures resulting in a serious safety issue which makes paper-based food contact materials worthy of control. The research was supported by the Internal Grant Agency of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic (NT 14375-3/2013).


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