About the book
This book intends to bring recent works about some of the most common contaminants that we meet in everyday life. Some of these chemicals can be found in food products and many of them are found in the environment. People use a large number of substances in agriculture, industrial processes, food industry, health care, etc. On one hand, the use of these substances is necessary for our well-been but on the other hand, they can damage our health and/or environment. Some of these substances may have a natural background.
Topics of "Emerging contaminants" book are selected on chemicals that have an analytical interest and affect almost all people's lives. We expect scientific papers and/or review on chemical analysis, toxicological and ecotoxicological evaluations for: pesticides (because they were used and continue to be widely used in agriculture); PCBs, PBBs, PBBE (commercial chemicals that can spread easily in water, soil and biota), Dioxins and related compounds (which have high toxicity even in very low concentrations); PAHs, Phenols, Anilines (compounds that can be found in many matrices due to industrial processes, transport, urban discharges or because their natural origin); Food additives (many chemical substances are in use today in the food industry to increase their quality but at the same time their control must be continuous because in elevated levels they can harm our health); Trace metals (their presence may be a consequence of industrial processes or natural background) and human as well as veterinary drugs (antibiotics, antiseptics, antihistamines, and many others are vital to us but after their use can be problematic for the environment and living things).
Your contribution is essential for a clear view of emerging contaminants.