The Analysis of Chlorinated Dioxins, Difurans, and Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Edible Oils

January 27, 2015
FMS, Inc., Phillip Bassignani
LCGC North America

The dioxin family consists of 210 compounds, of which 17 contain the 2,3,7,8 pattern of chlorination. These 2,3,7,8-containing compounds are of extreme concern to human health because of their high level of toxicity. Approximately, 12 of the 209 polychlorinated biphenyls have also been identified as human toxins. For this reason, the US FDA and EU have established strict regulations for the monitoring of food products for human consumption, in particular edible oils. Manual extractions of oils can be a time-consuming procedure often delaying lab turnaround times. By automating the process with the PowerPrep®, food oil samples can be reliably processed with routine 24 h turnaround times.