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The Concentration and Distribution of 2,3,7,8-Dibenzo-P-Dioxins/Furans in Chickens

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The concentrations of 2,3,7,8-Cl substituted dibenzo-p-dioxins/-furans (PCDDs/PCDFs) were determined in the edible tissues of whole chicken fryers and compared with the values found in their abdominal fat. The values are presented both on a whole weight basis and on a lipid-adjusted basis for each tissue. While there is a marked difference in the concentration of the 2,3,7,8-dibenzo-p-dioxins in the edible tissues expressed on a whole weight bais, the lipid-adjusted concentrations of the individual dioxins were not statistically different in the various tissues. This validates the use of lipid adjusted concentrations of 2,3,7,8-PCDDs/PCDFs in abdominal fat for the determination of the presence of these compounds in different tissues.

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The full article is available in Downloads. Single copies of the article can be downloaded and printed only for the reader's personal research and study. Also see the Related Entry on the national survey of dioxin-like compounds in poultry


Ferrario, J. AND C. Byrne. The Concentration and Distribution of 2,3,7,8-Dibenzo-P-Dioxins/Furans in Chickens. Chemosphere 40:221-224, (2000).


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