Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Biology

Title

Health risk assessment of organochlorine pesticides with emphasis on DDTs and HCHs in abandoned agricultural soils

Language

English

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the consequence of changing land use from agriculture land to other use purposes with respect to OCPs non-cancer and cancer risk on human health, based on concentrations of DDTs and HCHs in soils collected from 55 locations representing 12 different land use types. There were no non-cancer risks of DDTs and γ-HCHs on adults and children, and there were very low cancer risks of DDD, o,p′-DDE, DDT, α-HCH, β-HCH, γ-HCH based on their total concentrations in all samples. Nonetheless, there were significant correlations of DDT to its metabolites (DDE and DDD) (r = 0.506 and r = 0.648) and DDE to DDD (r = 0.438) both at p < 0.01. OCP levels should be routinely monitored in different environmental media and food in order to verify whether there is fresh input. Their potential risks on human health should also be assessed. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Publication Date

2011

Source Publication Title

Journal of Environmental Monitoring

Volume

13

Issue

8

Start Page

2250

End Page

2259

Publisher

Royal Society of Chemistry

DOI

10.1039/c1em10168d

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c1em10168d

ISSN (print)

14640325

ISSN (electronic)

14640333

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