Scientific journal

45 2006

Journal of Food and Nutrition Research
Summary No. 4 / 2006

Polychlorinated biphenyls in muscle tissue of freshwater fish in East Slovakia
Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 45, 2006, No. 4, s. 171-178

Danka Šalgovičová, VÚP Food Research Institute, Centre for Evalution of Food Contaminants, Priemyselná 4, SK-824 75 Bratislava 26, Slovakia. Tel.: +421 2 50237225, E-mail:

Summary: Levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in freshwater fish in the area of Chemko Strážske were compared to those of other regions of the Slovak Republic. The highest average PCB levels in samples from lake Zemplínska Šírava were identified in goldfish (108.8 and the lowest ones in brown trout (13.7 The average values measured for the country in general ranged between 0.01 and 5.1 (northern pike and goldfish); the PCB levels measured in the contaminated area were 14 to 6 900 times higher than those in other regions of the country. Samples from the contaminated area showing values exceeding the limits made up as many as 75.8% (9.5% for the other regions of Slovakia).

Keywords: polychlorinated biphenyls; predatory and non-predatory freshwater fish; Slovak Republic; water streams; lake Zemplínska Šírava

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