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Dioxin and dioxin-like compounds analysis and human exposure assessment

The Mass Spectrometry Laboratory has emerged as the National Certified Dioxin Reference Lab holding contracts with the Greek Food Authority as well as providing for-profit services to the major food and agricultural industries of the country.
It is accredited according to ISO/EN 17025 by ESYD and participates in the United Nations Laboratories Network for the control of dioxin and dioxin-like compounds in food, feed, biological samples and air.

Main research achievements include:
  • Development of new methodology for the determination of dioxins and dioxin-like compounds using GC-MS/MS. Development of analytical methodologies for the determination of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), belonging to the group of dioxins, in environmental, biological and food samples.
  • Investigation of the consequences of forest or landfill fires on the environment and agricultural/animal farming products.  Dioxin contamination of food products and the environment after public landfill fire and forest fire. Preparation of a plan for the management of such cases and application for the protection of public health.
  • Environmental problems related to dioxins and dioxin-like toxic compounds in industrial zones. Evaluation of soil and food products for their dioxin content.
  • Research on the levels of dioxins and dioxin-like compounds in the blood of professionally exposed individuals.
  • Risk assessment of infant dietary exposure to dioxins and dioxin-like compounds. Examination of the contribution of breast feeding, formula milk and solid food to total dietary exposure during the first year of life, based on the results of 10 years of national programs for the control of dioxins in food.  
  • Development of specific and sensitive analytical methodology for the determination of perfluorinated compounds in various matrices including food, food packaging materials and biological fluids, and correlation with possible health effects.
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