Research Brief 214
Superfund Research Program
Study First to Quantify TCE in Breast Milk
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For the first time, researchers have reported on the levels of the environmental contaminant trichloroethylene (TCE) in breast milk. Scientists at the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP), in collaboration with the Mariposa Community Health Center, found that TCE concentration in breast milk was significantly associated with the concentration of TCE in water used for bathing and laundry, but not for drinking and cooking. The researchers also detected TCE in all water samples collected in the study. UA SRP researchers led by Paloma Beamer, Ph.D., published the study in Environmental Science and Technology.
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To learn more about this research, please refer to the following sources:
- Beamer P, Luik CE, Abrell L, Campos S, Martinez ME, Saez AE. 2012. Concentration of trichloroethylene in breast milk and household water from Nogales, Arizona. Environ Sci Technol46:9055-9061. doi:10.1021/es301380d PMID:22827160 PMCID:PMC3699401
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