Organochlorine pesticide residues in human milk in the United Kingdom 1997 - 8

Hum Exp Toxicol. 1999 Oct;18(10):602-6. doi: 10.1191/096032799678839392.


1 The concentrations of a range of organochlorine pesticide residues have been determined in 168 samples of human milk collected between January 1997 and May 1998 in the UK. 2 Of the 18 residues sought, only p,p'-DTT, p,p'-DDE, dieldrin, HCB, beta-HCH and gamma-HCH were detected. 3 The continuing trend of a reduction in the concentrations of these pesticide residues in human milk samples and in the percentage of human milk samples containing residues was seen. 4 Correlations between the concentrations of p,p'-DDE, dieldrin, HCB, beta-HCH and gamma-HCH and age were seen. 5 When compared to studies carried out in Europe over a similar time period, residues in this present study were shown to occur at similar or lower concentrations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Body Burden
  • DDT / analysis
  • Dichlorodiphenyl Dichloroethylene / analysis
  • Dieldrin / analysis
  • Humans
  • Insecticides / analysis*
  • Insecticides / chemistry
  • Milk, Human / chemistry*
  • Pesticide Residues / analysis*
  • United Kingdom


  • Insecticides
  • Pesticide Residues
  • Dichlorodiphenyl Dichloroethylene
  • DDT
  • Dieldrin