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Preschool Children At High Risk For Exposure To Food-Borne Toxins

November 13, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who measured exposure to food-borne toxins among children and families that preschool children in families were at high risk for exposure to arsenic, dieldrin, DDE (a DDT metabolite), dioxins and acrylamide – compounds that have been linked to cancer, developmental disabilities and birth defects. All 364 children in the study – 207 preschool children aged two yo seven and 157 children aged five to seven – exceeded cancer benchmarks for arsenic, dieldrin, DDE and dioxins. Ninety-five percent of preschool children exceeded non-cancer risk levels for acrylamide, a cooking byproduct often found in processed foods like potato and tortilla chips.
Rainbow Vogt et al., "Cancer and non-cancer health effects from food contaminant exposures for children and adults in California: a risk assessment", Environmental Health, November 13, 2012, © BioMed Central Ltd
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