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Phthalates are organic lipophilic compounds which are mainly used as plasticizer. Human exposure occurs mainly via food ingestion and can cause negative health effects. Phthalates are not only present in food because of environmental contamination, but also as a result of migration from contact materials used during production, transport and storage. Specific migration limits for several phthalates have been formulated by the European Commission regarding their use in plastic food contact materials (Directive 2002/72/EC). However, up till now, there is no European regulation regarding residue values of phthalates in food products. In this study, a model will be developed to predict the human dietary exposure to eight phthalates. The model will include - among others - the environmental transfer into primary foods and the migration of phthalates from contact materials into foods. Therefore, input data (concentration data of phthalates in environmental media, contact materials and food products, physicochemical parameters of phthalates, transfer factors, processing factors, etc.) will be linked via formulae or relationships from literature or own measurements. By linking this model to national food consumption survey data, a dietary exposure assessment can be made. The human risks related to the dietary exposure to phthalates can be evaluated by comparing the estimated intakes with tolerable daily intake values for phthalates. Eventually, these risk assessments can be used by the government to draw up specific regulations for residue values of phthalates in certain food products.
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food contamination, exposure, plasticizer, phthalate, migration, food legislation

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Fierens, Tine, Mirja Van Holderbeke, Christa Cornelis, Hanny Willems, Isabelle Sioen, and Stefaan De Henauw. 2011. “The Development of a Model to Predict Human Dietary Exposure to Phthalates.” In BNS Second Annual Meeting : Microorganisms in Human Nutrition : Exploring New Pathways for Health : Abstract Book, 24–24. Belgian Nutrition Society (BNS).
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Fierens, T., Van Holderbeke, M., Cornelis, C., Willems, H., Sioen, I., & De Henauw, S. (2011). The development of a model to predict human dietary exposure to phthalates. BNS Second annual meeting : microorganisms in human nutrition : exploring new pathways for health : abstract book (pp. 24–24). Presented at the BNS 2nd annual meeting : Microorganisms in human nutrition : exploring new pathways for health, Belgian Nutrition Society (BNS).
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Fierens T, Van Holderbeke M, Cornelis C, Willems H, Sioen I, De Henauw S. The development of a model to predict human dietary exposure to phthalates. BNS Second annual meeting : microorganisms in human nutrition : exploring new pathways for health : abstract book. Belgian Nutrition Society (BNS); 2011. p. 24–24.
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Fierens, Tine, Mirja Van Holderbeke, Christa Cornelis, et al. “The Development of a Model to Predict Human Dietary Exposure to Phthalates.” BNS Second Annual Meeting : Microorganisms in Human Nutrition : Exploring New Pathways for Health : Abstract Book. Belgian Nutrition Society (BNS), 2011. 24–24. Print.
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  abstract     = {Phthalates are organic lipophilic compounds which are mainly used as plasticizer. Human exposure occurs mainly via food ingestion and can cause negative health effects. Phthalates are not only present in food because of environmental contamination, but also as a result of migration from contact materials used during production, transport and storage. Specific migration limits for several phthalates have been formulated by the European Commission regarding their use in plastic food contact materials (Directive 2002/72/EC). However, up till now, there is no European regulation regarding residue values of phthalates in food products. In this study, a model will be developed to predict the human dietary exposure to eight phthalates.
The model will include - among others - the environmental transfer into primary foods and the migration of phthalates from contact materials into foods. Therefore, input data (concentration data of phthalates in environmental media, contact materials and food products, physicochemical parameters of phthalates, transfer factors, processing factors, etc.) will be linked via formulae or relationships from literature or own measurements. By linking this model to national food consumption survey data, a dietary exposure assessment can be made.
The human risks related to the dietary exposure to phthalates can be evaluated by comparing the estimated intakes with tolerable daily intake values for phthalates. Eventually, these risk assessments can be used by the government to draw up specific regulations for residue values of phthalates in certain food products.},
  author       = {Fierens, Tine and Van Holderbeke, Mirja and Cornelis, Christa and Willems, Hanny and Sioen, Isabelle and De Henauw, Stefaan},
  booktitle    = {BNS Second annual meeting : microorganisms in human nutrition : exploring new pathways for health : abstract book},
  keyword      = {food contamination,exposure,plasticizer,phthalate,migration,food legislation},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Brussels, Belgium},
  pages        = {24--24},
  publisher    = {Belgian Nutrition Society (BNS)},
  title        = {The development of a model to predict human dietary exposure to phthalates},
  year         = {2011},
}