HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
A spread of a different kind

al exposure to contaminants," said Ruth Alcock, a researcher at Lancaster University who worked on the study.

Butter has been used previously to measure human dietary exposure to chemicals, she noted, but never before to monitor air pollutant levels. Consumption of the trace amounts of pollutants found in butter has shown no effect on human health, Jones said.

The study, a collaboration between Greenpeace Research Laboratories (who collected the samples) and the University of Lancaster (who conducted the measurements), evaluated butter samples from 23 countries. The researchers found that European and North American butter had the highest PCB levels. Lower contaminant levels were found in samples from the Southern Hemisphere, including Australian and New Zealand butters. PCB levels ranged from 110 to 3,330 picograms per gram of butter. A picogram is a trillionth of a gram, far smaller than the microgram levels that might cause a person harm, Jones noted.

Persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, are chemical substances that linger in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food chain, and pose a risk to human health and the environment, according to the United Nations Environment Programme, an international organization created to control the pollutants. The U.N. group calls for the reduction and eventual elimination of POP emissions.

In December, the U.N. officials announced that 122 countries, including the U.S., have negotiated a treaty to eliminate 12 specific persistent organic pollutants. Eight pesticides (aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, mirex and toxaphene) are on the list, in addition to PCBs, dioxins, furans and hexachlorobenzene - an industrial chemical used to make synthetic rubber, ammunition and fireworks.

"With suitable controls, safeguards and further research," the researchers conclude, "we think that butter could be used to monitor the regional and global distribution of [POPs] and the
'"/>

Contact: Beverly Hassell
b_hassell@acs.org
202-872-4065
American Chemical Society
13-Mar-2001


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Viral suspect for amphibian decline traced to human spread through bait
2. Scientists discover proteins involved in spread of HIV-1 infection
3. Rutgers-Newark biologist links presence of protein to spread of cancerous cells
4. Physics gravity model applicable to disease spread
5. New discovery could provide tool to detect whether a cancer will develop and spread
6. Scientists identify molecular link driving spread of skin cancer
7. Secret behind hard exoskeletons, spreading wings revealed
8. Study suggests first molecular target to halt spread of HPV
9. UNC researchers identify virus gene involved in tumor cell growth, spread
10. Chestnut trees to spread across landscape again, says Purdue scientist
11. Despite confinement, crop genes can spread fast to wild

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: spread different kind

(Date:11/18/2014)... , Nov. 17, 2014 The Parenteral Drug Association ... regulatory agencies will speak and at least seven more will ... at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. ... again to have significant support from the regulatory agencies in ... Europe in our effort to help advance the ...
(Date:11/15/2014)... , Nov. 13, 2014  While we may still be ... McCoy used in "Star Trek" to gain instant access to ... to work with smartphones and tablets for monitoring and measuring ... healthcare world. This may seem a tad Orwellian to some, ... adopt some of these technological opportunities into their healthcare regime. ...
(Date:11/11/2014)... CHICAGO , Nov. 11, 2014  Forensicon, Inc., ... eDiscovery firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of ... to Director of Digital Forensics. In Schiff,s new role ... out the team of digital forensics examiners and provide ... Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141110/157719 ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):FDA's Janet Woodcock, EMA's Emer Cooke Headline PDA Quality Metrics Conference 2Americans May Be Ready for a Brave New World of Healthcare 2Americans May Be Ready for a Brave New World of Healthcare 3Americans May Be Ready for a Brave New World of Healthcare 4Yaniv Schiff Promoted to Director of Digital Forensics at Forensicon, Inc. 2
(Date:12/17/2014)... The Activated Carbon Manufacturing industry ... IBISWorld updated its original industry research report. , ... intensified focus on environmental policy. Over the five years ... power plants and a range of other industrial facilities ... Sarah Kahn, “a range of downstream industrial sectors rely ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Once more, EMAAR has selected BioShaft ... water treatment plant to phase one of BayLaSun, a ... years ago Bioshaft successfully supplied and operated a packaged ... towers with an occupancy of 900 residences. The ... per day and was signed on September 16th, 2014, ...
(Date:12/17/2014)...  Vermillion, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRML ), a ... the next step in its expanded strategy to rebuild ... the naming of current Chief Operating Officer, Valerie ... current Chairman of the Board and CEO James ... changes are effective January 1, 2015. "Jim ...
(Date:12/15/2014)... METTLER TOLEDO is pleased to announce ... V19 with PVM technology , is now available. ... measurement tool continuously captures high-resolution images under a ... automatically prepares a report pairing the most relevant ... changes. This compelling blend of high resolution images ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Activated Carbon Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Has Been Updated from IBISWorld 2Activated Carbon Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Has Been Updated from IBISWorld 3Vermillion Names Valerie Palmieri CEO; James LaFrance to continue as Chairman of Board 2Vermillion Names Valerie Palmieri CEO; James LaFrance to continue as Chairman of Board 3Vermillion Names Valerie Palmieri CEO; James LaFrance to continue as Chairman of Board 4New Real-Time In Situ Probe-Based Video Microscope from METTLER TOLEDO 2
Cached News: