Exposure Factors Handbook Chapter 11 (Update): Intake of Meats, Dairy Products, and Fats


EPA is announcing an update to Chapter 11 (Intake of Meats, Dairy Products, and Fats) of the Exposure Factors Handbook (2011 Edition). Refer to the About the Exposure Factors Handbook web page (under Downloads) for the latest information on the other handbook chapters.


This update includes new information and factors needed to assess exposure to environmental agents that occur from ingestion of meats, dairy products, and fats that has become available since the Exposure Factors Handbook: 2011 Edition was released. The recommended values have been revised, as needed, to reflect the new information. This chapter includes updated general population data; new data on intake among pregnant and lactating women; and information from several new sources.

Meats, dairy products, and fats may become contaminated with toxic chemicals by several pathways. Therefore, to assess exposure through this pathway, information on meat, dairy, and fat ingestion rates is needed.


U.S. EPA. Exposure Factors Handbook Chapter 11 (Update): Intake of Meats, Dairy Products, and Fats. U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-17/485F, 2018.


Jun 2018EPA released an update to Chapter 11: Intake of Meats, Dairy Products, and Fats.
Sep 2011EPA released the final report, Exposure Factors Handbook: 2011 Edition.

This document has been reviewed in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy and approved for publication. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.