Commission to test
first-time mothers´ blood for environmental chemicals
Oct. 12 -- The Commission for Environmental Cooperation will conduct a
North America-wide testing program to analyze the blood of first-time
mothers for selected environmental chemicals.
Blood samples from 500 mothers will be tested for chemicals including
dioxins and furans, PCBs, DDT, chlordane and lindane, as well as several
Sampling will take place in 15 sites in Canada and Mexico, and the
United States will submit pre-existing data.
"The project will allow, for the first time, a basic comparison of
the population of all three North American countries using data that
were collected in a scientifically consistent manner," said Luke Trip,
program manager for the CEC.
Persistent organic pollutants can adversely affect the kidneys, liver
and other organs.