Projekti eesmärgiks on metoodika väljatöötamine perfluoroalküülühendite määramiseks toiduainetest. Esialgne metoodika töötatakse välja TÜ Katsekojas, misjärel metoodika antakse üle Terviseameti Tartu laborile.
European Commission recommends monitoring of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS; including PFOS - perfluorooctyl sulfonates, PFOA – perfluorooctyl acid). Up to date PFAS levels are not monitored in food or environment in Estonia. Liquid chromatography with mass spectrometric detection (LC-MS) has been utilized for PFAS analysis. Suitable instruments are available in several Estonian laboratories, but so far analytical procedures for PFAS analysis have not been developed or adapted. Analysis methods of PFAS must deliver accurate results at 1 mg/kg level in food matrices. Development of such methods is very demanding task and routine analysis laboratories usually do not have enough resources for the work. Therefore Testing Centre (University of Tartu, Institute of Chemistry) and Laboratory of Estonian Health Board join their efforts for developing and employing a method for PFAS analyses. As a result of the project the method for PFAS determination will be developed and validated and will be put into routine use at the Laboratory of Estonian Health Board to monitor PFAS levels in food consumed by Estonian population.