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Quantitatively assessing the health risk of exposure to PAHs from intake of smoked meats

Li, Jiafu, Dong, Han, Li, Xianguo, Han, Bin, Zhu, Chenjian, Zhang, Dahai
Ecotoxicology and environmental safety 2016 v.124 pp. 91-95
Monte Carlo method, chronic exposure, cities, diet, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, risk, smoked meats, China
Smoked meat and meat products represent a significant part of the daily diet in south-west China and many other parts of the world. In this study, we evaluated the health risks of long-term exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in a daily low dose exposures (from intake of PAH-containing smoked meats) in south-west China for eight groups of people based on a Monte Carlo simulation. Total concentrations of PAHs in smoked meats from south-west China ranged from 14.4 to 56.3μgkg−1. The 95th percentile carcinogenic risk (CR) values of eight groups in four cities and provinces were lower than the acceptable value (1.00E-5), indicating no significant risk. The 95th percentile Hazard Index (HI) values were below 1, suggesting no obvious non-carcinogenic effects developed. This study was the first attempt to provide information on the potential health risk for daily intake of PAH-containing smoked meat.