Between 1990 and 1991, samples of adipose tissue were taken from 41 British Columbians to examine the levels of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans in the general population (Tescke et al. 1992). The B.C. Ministry of Environment also contracted to have these adipose tissue samples analyzed for other organochlorine contaminants including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the following pesticides: aldrin, dieldrin and endrin; DDT and related compounds; endosulfan; heptachlor and chlordane; hexachlorobenzene; hexachlorocyclohexane; methoxychlor; and mirex. An overview of the chemical properties, structures, uses, sources of exposure, metabolisms, and toxicities of these compounds is attached as Appendix A. This report has several purposes: (1) to report the levels of these compounds found in the adipose tissue of this sample of British Columbians; (2) to descriptively compare these levels to those reported in other population groups worldwide; and (3) to determine whether any characteristics o
Teschike, Kay, Shona, Kelly J; Wiens, Michele; Hertzman, Clyde; Ward, Helen D; Ward, John E.H; Oostdam, Van. 1992. Organochlorines and PCBs in Human Adipose Tissue British Columbia Residents. BC Ministry of Environment
Keywords: Organochlorines, PCBs, Human Adipose Tissue
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