HYDROCARBON CONTAMINATION IN BREAST MILK: PRELIMINARY STUDY
AbstractPolycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), mainly formed by anthropogenic activities, are ubiquitous environmental contaminants. Due to environmental contamination and their chemical properties they migrate through the human food chain, and can be transferred from mother to infant via breastfeeding. The presence of PAHs in breast milk collected from 16 lactating women living in urban and rural areas of Campania (Italy) was investigated. Results showed the presence of 14 hydrocabons. Carcinogenic benzo(a)pyrene and potential carcinogenic dibenzo(ah)anthracene were found at concentrations rancing from 0.3 to 37.6 μg/kg and from 0.5 to 47.0, respectively.
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