Application Note

Determination Of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons In Seafood

Source: Teledyne Tekmar

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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a large group of organic compounds found naturally in the environment. PAHs are monitored by the US Environmental Protection Agency due to their carcinogenic characteristics. In recent global events, PAHs have come to the attention for contamination in sea food samples due to the oil spills. In the oceanic environment, PAHs are bio-available via the food chain and contaminated sediments which could have the potential to bioaccumulate in the marine organism we eat.