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Dioxins in Breast Milk

Levels of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD/Fs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in breast milk of women residents of Magnitogorsk.

The activity studied contamination by dioxins, furans and PCBs in human milk, as it is a universal indicator of contamination and an initial link of the food chain. The study involved socio-medical screening of breast milk donors and their families, as well as a multi-factor analysis for further development of a model of POPs circulation in the population of Magnitogorsk city residents. Samples from 25 permanent residents of Magnitogorsk were taken according to the WHO Guidelines, and survey forms were completed for all donors. The study measured 17 dioxins and furans and 12 toxic PCBs. Dioxin/furan levels averaged 7.16 WHO-TEQ pg/g fat. PCBs averaged 11.41 WHO-TEQ pg/g fat.

Biomonitoring study of dioxins, furans and PCBs in human milk