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Document ID (ISN)108313
CIS number 08-869
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Milham S., Ossiander E.M.
Title Low proportion of male births and low birth weight of sons of flour mill worker fathers
Bibliographic information Feb. 2008, Vol.51, No.2, p.157-158, 8 ref.
Abstract The Washington State Department of Health has collected and coded parental occupation information on birth certificates since 1980. These data were used to search for possible effects of parental occupational exposures on birth outcomes. There were 59 births (22 boys and 37 girls) where the father's occupation was specified as flour mill worker. The sex ratio of 0.373 was lower than the mean sex ratio of 0.512. The mean birth weight for flour mill workers' newborn boys was 3180g compared to an overall mean of 3511g for all newborn boys. The mean birth weight of flour mill workers' newborn girls was 3602 compared to an overall mean of 3389 for all newborn girls. The low prevalence of male infants born to fathers of flour mill workers suggests that fumigants that they are exposed to are causing testicular dysfunction, while the very low birth weight seen in these infants may be due to yet unknown genotoxic factors.
Descriptors (primary) antifertility effects; male workers; Washington; milling industry; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) children; USA; genetic effects; fumigants; parental exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Antifertility and prenatal effects
Food industry
Genetic factors in reaction to exposures