Chlorinated dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/F) in blood and human milk of non occupationally exposed persons living in the vicinity of a municipal waste incinerator

Chemosphere. 1996 Nov;33(10):1941-50. doi: 10.1016/0045-6535(96)00293-7.


The concentrations of chlorinated dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/F) in human blood and in milk from non-occupationally exposed persons living in the vicinity of a municipal waste incinerator were determined. As compared to background levels in the general population in Germany the results give no indication of an enhanced body burden of PCDD/F. This is in agreement with earlier investigations in the same area, showing normal background concentrations in soil, fruit and vegetables. In conclusion, no direct health hazard related to PCDD/F-emissions from a local municipal waste incinerator may be expected.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Benzofurans / adverse effects
  • Benzofurans / blood*
  • Benzofurans / metabolism
  • Body Burden
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Child
  • Cohort Studies
  • Dibenzofurans, Polychlorinated
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Incineration / standards
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Milk, Human / chemistry*
  • Milk, Human / metabolism
  • Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins / analogs & derivatives*
  • Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins / blood
  • Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins / metabolism
  • Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins / toxicity
  • Soil Pollutants / toxicity*
  • Waste Management


  • Benzofurans
  • Dibenzofurans, Polychlorinated
  • Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins
  • Soil Pollutants