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Document ID (ISN)68606
CIS number 97-567
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Schecter A.J., Li L., Ke J., Fürst P., Fürst C., Päpke O.
Title Pesticide application and increased dioxin body burden in male and female agricultural workers in China
Bibliographic information Sep. 1996, Vol.38, No.9, p.906-911. 10 ref.
Abstract Following large-scale spraying of the pesticide sodium pentachlorophenol (Na-PCP) salt over agricultural and lake areas in China in the 1970s, dioxin levels were determined in sprayers or handlers of Na-PCP, and in persons living in sprayed and non-sprayed areas. Blood and breast-milk samples were collected and pooled for dioxin analysis, and samples of lake sediment were analyzed. Levels of polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/F) in human tissue were found to be low in China compared with more industrialized countries. However, environmental and human tissue samples from sprayed areas had PCDD/F levels and international dioxin toxic equivalent (I-TEQ) levels several times higher than those from non-sprayed areas.
Descriptors (primary) China; chlorinated dibenzodioxins; sodium pentachlorophenolate; exposure evaluation; pesticides; crop protection; chlorinated dibenzofurans
Descriptors (secondary) determination in blood; environmental pollution
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceChina; Germany; USA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Agricultural chemicals
Phenols and phenolic compounds
Heterocyclic compounds