Special Issue "Organic Pollutants in Foods: Analysis, Assessment and Resolutions"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Elena Martínez-Carballo
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Analytical and Food Chemistry Department, Universidad de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Interests: organic pollutants (OPs) and their metabolites; food safety and human health; pre- and post-natal exposure to OPs; analytical methodologies; metabolomics
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Prof. Dr. Beatriz Cancho-Grande
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Department of Analytical and Food Chemistry, Universidad de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Tel. (+34) 988 387 323
Interests: volatile and phenolic compounds; analytical methodologies; sensory and functional quality of wines and olive oils
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Dr. Raquel Rial Otero
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Department of Analytical and Food Chemistry, Universidad de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Tel. (+34) 988 368 897
Interests: pesticides; analytical methodologies; food quality and safety; proteomics
Dr. Carmen González-Barreiro
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Department of Analytical and Food Chemistry, Universidad de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Tel. (+34) 988 368 888
Interests: volatile and phenolic compounds; analytical methodologies; sensory and functional quality of wines and olive oils

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organic pollutants (OPs) have been manufactured for use (e.g., pesticides and flame-retardants) or are unintended by-products of manufacturing (e.g., of incinerated waste, such as dioxins). They can be defined as a set of highly toxic synthetic organic compounds, most of which are resistant to degradation, bio-accumulative, and with the potential to be transported over long distances reaching areas where they have never been produced. They are incorporated in the tissues of living organisms and can increase in concentration through the food chain. The most important properties of OPs, useful to understand their environmental behavior, appear to be the octanol/water partition coefficient (Kow), octanol/air partition coefficient (Koa), water solubility (Sw), vapour pressure (Pv), and organic carbon partition coefficient (Koc).

The Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) entered into force in May 2004, initially covering 12 chemicals. In 2017, 16 additional POPs were added in order to solicit measures to eliminate or reduce the release of POPs into the environment. However, there are OPs which are not persistent but should as well be monitored because of the risks they pose for humans.

This Special Issue in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health aims to present recent findings on “Organic Pollutants in Foods: Analysis, Assessment and Resolutions” to try to fill the knowledge gaps in the recent improvements in the analytical methodologies for the determination of OPs, as well as in the understanding of exposure pathways, with the goal to develop useful tools for assessing the health risks associated with OPs.

Dr. Elena Martínez-Carballo
Prof. Dr. Beatriz Cancho-Grande
Dr. Raquel Rial Otero
Dr. Carmen González-Barreiro
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • organic pollutants (OPs)
  • OP metabolism
  • food safety and human health
  • analytical methodologies
  • exposure pathways
  • effects of culinary treatments
  • environmental pollution
  • postnatal exposure to OPs (breastfeeding)
  • monitoring and human biomonitoring programs
  • tools for health risk assessment
  • resolutions to minimize OPs in foods

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Persistent Organic Pollutants in Food: Contamination Sources, Health Effects and Detection Methods
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(22), 4361; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224361 - 08 Nov 2019
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Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) present in foods have been a major concern for food safety due to their persistence and toxic effects. To ensure food safety and protect human health from POPs, it is critical to achieve a better understanding of POP pathways [...] Read more.
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) present in foods have been a major concern for food safety due to their persistence and toxic effects. To ensure food safety and protect human health from POPs, it is critical to achieve a better understanding of POP pathways into food and develop strategies to reduce human exposure. POPs could present in food in the raw stages, transferred from the environment or artificially introduced during food preparation steps. Exposure to these pollutants may cause various health problems such as endocrine disruption, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes, birth defects, and dysfunctional immune and reproductive systems. This review describes potential sources of POP food contamination, analytical approaches to measure POP levels in food and efforts to control food contamination with POPs. Full article
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