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Human milk from four major Italian cities was analysed for individual congeners of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), DDT, DDE, hexachlorobenzene and beta-hexachlorocyclohexane. Minimum and maximum concentrations in milk from individual mothers for most compounds ranged between one order of magnitude below and above the mean value of all mothers. Good agreements were found between results from pooled samples and mean values of individual samples. No statistically significant difference between cities was found and the levels in milk from Italian mothers did not differ significantly from published levels from other parts of the world. Principal component analyses revealed that the PCB congener distribution pattern was very similar in all mothers, independent of location.

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Authors: LARSEN B R ET AL., JRC Ispra (IT);TURRIO-BALDASSARRI L ET AL., Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma (IT);MONTAGNA M, Università di Pavia, Istituto di Medicina Legale e delle Assicurazioni (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Journal of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Vol. 28 (1994) pp. 1-13
Record Number: 199411129 / Last updated on: 1994-11-25
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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