The PBDEs: An emerging environmental challenge and another reason for breast-milk monitoring programs

Citation
K. Hooper et Ta. Mcdonald, The PBDEs: An emerging environmental challenge and another reason for breast-milk monitoring programs, ENVIR H PER, 108(5), 2000, pp. 387-392
Citations number
89
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Editorial Material
Categorie Soggetti
Environment/Ecology,"Pharmacology & Toxicology
Journal title
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES
ISSN journal
0091-6765 → ACNP
Volume
108
Issue
5
Year of publication
2000
Pages
387 - 392
Database
ISI
SICI code
0091-6765(200005)108:5<387:TPAEEC>2.0.ZU;2-M
Abstract
Levels of the polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), a class of widely use d name retardants, appear to be rising rapidly in human tissues, as evidenc ed by studies of human breast milk. The case of the PBDEs illustrates the v alue of breast-milk monitoring programs in identifying important emerging p ollutants, and highlights why such monitoring programs are needed in the Un ited States. A review of the use, occurrence, and toxicity of PBDEs indicat es many parallels between some PBDEs, PCBs, and other polyhalogenated persi stent organic pollutants, and suggests that the PBDEs may be a significant environmental challenge in the future.