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PCBs or  Polychlorinated Biphenyls are chlorinated aromatic compounds. Used by industry, their production and their use were banned in 1987. Chemically stable, with low biodegradability and lipophilic, they gradually build up in the environment.
Food is the main way that the general public is exposed (over 90 % of the total exposure). Consequently, the foods richest in PCBs are foodstuffs of animal origin, rich in fats such as oily fish, which are particularly more likely to be in contact with contaminated sediments. The toxicity of PCBs is linked essentially to their build-up in the organism over time (body change).

In view of the importance of the health and economic impact of PCB-DLs in the aquatic products industry, the analysis of  PCBs is now essential for players in this network. Analysis is long and costly and must be carried out in a specialised laboratory. In view of the costs and the amount of time required to carry out these analyses, the development and the finalisation of an innovative, sound, rapid and cheap method of detection is becoming obvious and a priority.

The two main objectives taken up by the project are:
 - the development of a method of detection that can be used at high speed and which can be  applied in an industrial environment and which also gives an instant result (pregnancy test type),
 - the development of a faster, less costly method of auto-monitoring and measurement confirmation which can be applied in a laboratory.
This project will contribute to the improvement of the general public health policy in France through a better monitoring of the  «Dioxins ? PCB» and will provide professionals (fishermen, the processing industry, preservers) with the tools required to manage this risk effectively.

This project was labellised by the AQUIMER Pole of Competitiveness on the 10th March, 2011.


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