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Transfer of Pesticides from Surfaces to Foods for the Estimation of Dietary Exposure of Children

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Abstract:Since small children spend much of their time in contact with contaminated surfaces, residues of pesticides found on floors and other surfaces contribute to their aggregate exposures. Any dislodgeable pesticide residues on hands and surfaces may be transferred to foods while being consumed by the child contributing to increased dietary intakes. This study evaluated pesticde levels transferred to food during contact with surfaces. Results indicate average transfers of 6% to 10% of diazinon, malathion, chlorpyrifos, isofenphos, heptachlor and permethrins to bologna after 10 minute contact with hardwood and ceramic tile. Other food and surface combinations yielded similar low level transfers of pesticides.
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Citation:Rohrer, C., M. R. Berry Jr., G. G. Akland, M. Roberds, and E. D. Pellizzari. Transfer of Pesticides from Surfaces to Foods for the Estimation of Dietary Exposure of 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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