Title: Body burden of the Czech population with dioxins and other persistent chlorinated organic compounds 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> proceedings / conference paper(s) 
Country: EU Projects 
Year of publication: 2003 
Availability: Černá, M. et al. (2003) Body burden of the Czech population with dioxins and other persistent chlorinated organic compounds. Persistent Toxic Substances Contamination of the European Region as a reflection of results of the GEF/UNEP Regional Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances (RBA PTS) in Europe, the implementation of the Stockholm Convention and 'Community Strategy for Dioxins, Furans and PCBs 
Author 1/Producer: Černá, M. 
Other Authors/Producers: Grabic, R., Crhová, Š., Šmíd, J., Kubínová, R. 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.recetox.muni.cz/coe/sources/workshop_1_rba_pts/IV ...  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Persistent Organic Pollutants
 
Short description: Persistent chlorinated organic compounds (PCBs, PCDDs, PCDFs, HCB, DDTs, etc.) have varying harmful effects on human health (1). Humans are mainly exposed to these compounds by consuming diary products, meat and fish. Newborns are prenatally exposed across the placenta and post partum through breastfeeding (2). The primary storage sites are adipose tissue and liver. Monitoring concentrations of organohalogen contaminants in human fluids and tissues is one of the important steps necessary for health risk assessment. Breast milk has been the preferred matrix to evaluate human background exposure and body burden. The analysis of persistent chlorinated organic compounds in the placenta and umbilical blood is important to estimate transplacental exposure. Concentrations in the blood serum reflect best the body burden of the general population. Therefore, a systematic program of sampling and analysis of human body fluids and tissues for selected persistent chlorinated organic compounds has been initiated in the Czech Republic in the early 90s with the aim to establish the current extent and long-term trends in the body burden of the Czech population 
Link to Project(s): RECETOX Centre of Excellence in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology
 
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