Brett A Tague

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Eighty-five samples of cocoa products sampled in Canada were analysed for ochratoxin A (OTA) and aflatoxins in 2011–2012. Inclusion of the aflatoxins in this survey required additional method development. Chocolate was extracted with methanol–water plus NaCl, while for cocoa two successive extractions with methanol and methanol–water were made. Extracts(More)
Dietary intake is a major route of exposure to perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). Although fish and seafood contribute significantly to total dietary exposure to these compounds, there is uncertainty with respect to the effect of cooking on PFC concentrations in these foods. Eighteen fish species purchased from markets in Toronto, Mississauga, and Ottawa,(More)
Tributyltin (TBT) is a biocide that contaminates human foodstuffs, especially shellfish. TBT is an endocrine disrupter, producing imposex in several marine gastropods. Previous studies showed that oral dosing of rat dams with TBT chloride leads to abnormal fetal and postnatal development. In this study, the tissue distribution and speciation of organotins(More)
BACKGROUND There is general concern that persistent organic pollutants (POPs) found in the environment, wildlife, food, water, house dust, human tissues, and fluids may alter normal human physiologic activities (e.g., fetal development, immune and endocrine systems). Although the levels of some POPs [polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine(More)
There is little rationale to support the currently accepted 10 to 14-day treatment period for urinary tract infection. To assess the cure rate in patients given 3 days compared to the standard 10-day period of antimicrobial therapy a prospective trial was designed to test the over-all effectiveness of each treatment. Sixty patients were randomized to either(More)
Increasing evidence shows that persistent organic pollutants such as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are found in the Arctic ecosystem and their prevalence is causing human health concerns. The objective of this study was to estimate dietary exposure to PFCs among Inuit in northern Canada. Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorinated carboxylates (PFCA(More)
A sensitive and selective isotope dilution ion chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (ID IC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the determination of perchlorate in infant formula. The perchlorate was extracted from infant formula by using 20 ml of methanol and 5 ml of 1% acetic acid. All samples were spiked with (18)O(4) isotope-labelled(More)
An automated, simple, and reproducible method was developed for the determination of benzene in soft drinks, based on isotope dilution headspace gas chromatography/mass spectrometry in the selected-ion monitoring mode. The method was used to assess benzene levels in samples of 124 soft drinks and beverages. Benzene was not detected in 60% of the 124(More)
Because beef food products are generally cooked prior to consumption, the behavior of chemicals in these cooked foods is important in estimating human exposure. The heat stability of the natural estrogen β-estradiol (β-E2) and its metabolites α-estradiol (α-E2), estrone (E1), and several catechol estrogens was examined in heated vegetable oil and aqueous(More)
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