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Environmental toxins; their impact on children’s health
  1. J Grigg
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr J Grigg
    Senior Lecturer, Leicester Children’s Asthma Centre, University of Leicester, Leicester LE2 7LX, UK;


Contamination of the environment by man-made and natural toxins has a direct impact on the health of children. This review considers how toxic contamination is identified and regulated, and highlights specific hazards.

  • dioxins
  • environment
  • persistent organic pollutants
  • toxins
  • COT, UK Committee on the Toxicity of Chemicals
  • DEFRA, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • EPA, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • FSA, UK Food Standards Agency
  • MCCPs, medium chain length chlorinated paraffins
  • PCBs, polychlorinated biphenols
  • POPs, persistent organic pollutants
  • TEQ, international toxic equivalency factor
  • UF, uncertainty factor
  • UNEP, United National Environment Programme

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