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Web Date: August 3, 2012

Carcinogenic Solvent Measured In Breast Milk

Environmental Contaminants: First data on trichloroethylene levels in human milk show more study needed
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: TCE, trichloroethylene, groundwater contaminant, breast milk, volatile organic compound

For the first time, researchers have reported levels of the industrial solvent trichloroethylene in human milk (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es301380d). The solvent is the most frequently reported organic contaminant in groundwater in the U.S. Experts say the levels found in the research don’t raise immediate concerns, but that the results warrant further study.

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