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Why do PBDE levels vary widely?

, : Why do PBDE levels vary widely?. Environmental Science and Technology 37(9): 4A-165A

Three new studies have revealed high levels of the persistent organic pollutants polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) accumulating in women's bodies. At a Society of Toxicology meeting held in March, Schecter reported PBDE levels in milk from Texan women of 6.2 to 419 ppb per gram of milk fat. This finding is strikingly high compared to European women. In comparison, van Bavel from Orebro University in Sweden reported that the highest levels of PBDEs found in workers at a European electronics recycling factory were similar to the lowest levels reported by Schecter. However, Jones from the University of Lancaster, U.K., and colleagues reported that the PBDE levels in milk taken from 67 British women had levels ranging from 1 to 69 ppb. The researchers believe that these PBDEs could be coming from indoor dust, flame retardants, or polyurethane used in cushions.


PMID: 12775030

DOI: 10.1021/es032441z

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