Organic environmentalt contaminants - analysis

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The Swedish Food Agency performs analyses of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in food and human samples. POPs mainly consist of fluorinated, brominated or chlorinated substances such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). They are persistent and present everywhere in our environment and therefore also in our food – especially in food of animal origin. 

The Swedish Food Agency mainly analyses food of animal origin, human milk and blood serum. These analyses are primarily performed within the framework of the agency’s official control, but also within environmental monitoring projects and in conjunction with dietary habit surveys. This is done to increase the knowledge base for activities such as risk and benefit assessments.

Accredited methods

Listed below are the accredited methods we use, including limits of quantification. Lower limits of quantification can be discussed if needed.

Please contact us if you would like further information and/or prices for the analyses we offer.

Krisitina Granelli
Head of Chemistry Department
Email: firstname.sirname@slv.se

Analytical method Limit of quantification Analytical technique
Brominated flame retardants,
PBDEs (9) and others (5) in blood serum
0.6 - 13 ng/kg fresh weight
depending on analyte
GC-LRMS
Brominated flame retardants,
PBDEs (10) and HBCDDs in fish*
och milk/human milk
 1.3 - 2.5 ng/kg fresh weight
depending on analyte and matrix
GC-LRMS  
Dioxins (17) and PCBs (18) in food of animal origin,
human milk and blood serum
0.001- 2 ng/kg fresh weight
depending on analyte and matrix
 GC-HRMS 
Chlorinated pesticides (12) and PCBs (14) in food of animal origin human milk and blood serum 0.01 – 0.25 µg/kg fresh weight
depending on analyte and matrix
 GC-ECD
 PAHs (19) in food 0.3 µg/kg fresh weight  GC-LRMS 

* Not accredited

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Reviewed 2021-06-16