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New Study Highlights Hazards On Hormone Disrupting Chemicals

ed in fish, predatory birds and fish-eating mammals. The documented effects have in most cases been correlated to well-known contaminants such as DDT and PCB or to contaminants present in effluents from the pulp and paper industry.

According to the report, available data do not indicate a risk for adverse effects in the general Swedish population. However, safety margins for exposure depend on, for example, dietary habits. The interrelationships between the various hormone systems are not completely known and may have subtle effects not yet identified.

PCBs and DDT are banned in Sweden but are still present in the environment. The report calls for the study of substances which are still being spread to have priority, for instance, brominated flame retardants.

" Endocrine disrupting substances", report 4859


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Contact: Titus Kyrklund
Titus.Kyrklund@environ.se
+46-8-698 11 46
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
14-Sep-1998


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