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Results from the first year of the Swedish dioxin survey

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DOI: 10.1016/0045-6535(90)90300-i
  • Polychlorinated Dibenzo-P-Dioxins (Pcdd)
  • Polychlorinated Dibenzofurans (Pcdf)
  • Coplanar Pcb
  • Polychlorinated Naphthalenes
  • Swedish Dioxin Survey
  • Biological Samples
  • Food
  • Sediment
  • Leach Water


Abstract PCDD/F levels are presented for food baskets, raw and fried herring, wolf muscle and moose tallow collected from the same area, three burbot liver samples, a sediment core from the Baltic Sea and leach water from three garbage dumps. Levels in food baskets were at or below detection limits making the estimation of intake via the diet difficult. Frying herring produces no net change in PCDD/F levels. Moose have lower PCDD/F levels than wolf from the same area. Levels in burbot liver samples are much higher near industrial discharges than in a more undisturbed area. The top 4 cm of the sediment core contain the highest levels of PCDD/F. Thereafter the levels drop and reach a low level. This low level is probably caused by contamination during sampling and is not evidence of PCDD/F presence far back in time. Leach water from city dumps contains low levels of PCDD/F but that from a dump that takes industrial wastes had higher levels and a different congener pattern.

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