Results of HBM of measurements of pesticides in Slovenia published in Environmental International / 7.11.2019

The prestigious journal Environment International published the first results of human biomonitoring (HBM) of measurements of commonly used pesticides belonging to the group Organophosphorus (OP) compounds and pyrethroids (PYR) in the Slovenian population.

It is a very rare study that reports results on the prevalence of these compounds under family circumstances by analyzing maternal and infant urine samples. By analyzing the metabolic products of these compounds, we have found that the presence of metabolic products of parathion and pyrethroids is positively correlated between mother and child, suggesting a pathway of exposure through food and lifestyle at the family level. The chlorpyrifos abundance, however, was characteristic only for mothers. The concentration of measured pesticides in children and mothers does not pose a health risk.

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