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Measuring Dietary Exposure of Young Children

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Abstract:Young children do not consume foods in a structured manner. Their foods contact surfaces (hands, floors, eating surfaces, etc.) that may be contaminated while they are eating them. Thus, dietary exposures of young children are difficult to accurately assess or measure. A recent study on dietary exposure of children to lead has begun to explore potential pathways of dietary contamination, and ways to measure them, and has shown intakes may potentially increase by a factor of four when foods are handled by the child in a contaminated environment. Similar excess exposures of children to pesticides may also be possible in residential and daycare environments, and improved assessment and measurement techniques are needed to support the aggregate exposure assessments required by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. The purpose of this research is to develop procedures to measure the daily, dietary intake of a 1-3 year old child. Since this age group has a tendency to excessively handle their foods, fingering items on eating surfaces and dropping food on the floor while eating, they are at a higher risk from dietary exposure to the pesticides which contaminate their environment.
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Citation:Berry Jr., M. R., L. J. Melnyk, C. Rohrer, G. G. Akland, C. A. Clayton, Y. Hu, E. D. Aragon, J. M. Roberds, and E. D. Pellizzari. Measuring Dietary Exposure of Young Children. Presented at American Chemical Society Meeting, New Orleans, LA, August 22-26, 1999.
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Contact: Mary P. O'Bryant - (919)-541-4871 or obriant.mary@epa.gov
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Division: Microbiological & Chemical Exposure Assessment Division
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Branch: Chemical Exposure Research Branch
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Product Type: Abstrct/Oral
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Presented: 08/23/1999
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Bullet Item Dietary Intake of Young Children
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