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E-M:/ Dioxin in food still high- Americans getting 22 times the safedose

Enviro-Mich message from Tracey Easthope <tracey@ecocenter.org>

A big controversy is brewing in Michigan over dioxin soil cleanup
levels, and existing hotspots in Michigan.  One big hotspot
is the Midland area, home of Dow Chemical.  The contamination
is the result of historical and ongoing chemical production,
waste disposal and incineration.  This recent study released
by the University of Texas School of Public Health suggests
dioxin remains a problem for everyone.

 From an article in The Associated Press State & Local Wire

March 30, 2001, Friday,
Dioxin levels still high in U.S. food, study finds

Levels of dioxin - a toxic chemical known for causing various forms of
cancer - remain high in the U.S. food supply although they have declined
in the environment, a new study says.

In a study of food samples from around the country, scientists at the
University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston found no decline
from test samples taken more than a decade ago.

Through food alone, Americans are getting 22 times the maximum dioxin
exposure suggested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the
study said. Among nursing infants, that level is 35 to 65 times the
recommended dosage.


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