Toxic traces found in Arctic mothers-to-be

Trace levels of several persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have been found in the blood of pregnant Norwegian and Russian women in the Arctic, Norway's pollution control authority (SFT) reports. There are no known local sources of the substances, which include the brominated flame retardant PBDE and persistent perfluorinated compounds (PFOS), it said. The study, the first to look at "the so-called new pollutants/ecotoxins" in humans in the Arctic, concludes that there is no acute danger to the subjects, but grounds for concern as to long-term health effects. See press release and English version.

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