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Infant exposure to persistent organochlorine compounds is higher in Denmark than in Finland

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Significantly poorer male reproductive health has been documented in Danish compared to Finnish men, including a higher prevalence of cryptorchidism and hypospadias. Exposure to environmental pollutants with endocrine disrupting activities has been suggested as a possible contributing factor. In this study, we investigated whether there was a difference in milk and placenta concentrations of persistent organohalogen compounds between the two countries. Organohalogens were analyzed by high-resolution gas chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry in human milk samples from Finland (n65) and Denmark (n65) and placentas (n168 Danish, 112 Finnish), selected from a population-based cohort. p, p-DDE was the dominant pollutant. β-HCH, HCB, END-I, dieldrin, OXC, c-HE, and p, p-DDT were the other main organochlorines detected. Danish samples had significantly higher concentrations of p, p-DDE, p, p-DDT, β-HCH, HCB, dieldrin, c-HE, and OXC than Finnish. The organochlorine levels were higher in Danish samples, which suggests higher exposure of Danish infants.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Toxicology II
Number of pages8
Publication date1 Jan 2008
ISBN (Print)9781845641146
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Event2nd International Conference on Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Toxicology 2008 - Granada, Portugal
Duration: 4 Jun 20086 Jun 2008


Conference2nd International Conference on Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Toxicology 2008
SponsorWIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment


2nd International Conference on Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Toxicology 2008


Granada, Portugal

Event: Conference

    Research areas

  • Breast milk, Infants, Organobromine compounds, Organochlorine pesticides, Placenta

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