Project code: MRI-AA-02-4021
Contract period: 01.01.2007
Purpose of research: Basic research
The Commission Regulation (EC) No 208/2005 provides maximum levels for benzo[a]pyrene in different food groups, which are however based on an insufficient data. Therefore the European Commission recommends the member states, to report the contents of benzo[a]pyrene to EFSA in order to revise these maximum levels in 2007. In addition also the contents of PAH compounds highlighted to be carcinogenic by the SCF (15 SCF-PAH) should be analyzed in order to check the suitability of maintaining benzo[a]pyrene as a marker. At present a GC/MS method for EPA-PAH is extended to SCF-PAH, adapted to different food groups and tested in interlaboratory studies of the EU. In this context in cooperation with IRMM (Geel) meat products are produced as PAH standard reference materials, which are used in interlaboratory studies of the EU.