Dietary exposure of PBDEs resulting from a subsistence diet in three First Nation communities in the James Bay Region of Canada

Author Name: 
Liberda, E. N., Wainman, B. C., Leblanc, A., Dumas, P., Martin, I. and Tsuji, L. J.
Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 30, 2010
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Background: Concerns regarding the persistence, bioaccumulation, long-range transport, and adverse health effects of polybrominated dipheyl ethers (PBDEs) have recently come to light. PBDEs may potentially be of concern to indigenous (First Nations) people of Canada who subsist on traditional foods, but there is a paucity of information on this topic. Results and conclusions: The mean values of PBDEs in wild meats and fish adjusted for standard consumption values and body weight, did not exceed the US EPA RfD. Log linear modeling of the human PBDE body burden showed that PBDE body burden increases as access to manufactured goods increases. Thus, household dust from material goods containing PBDEs is likely responsible for the human exposure; the traditional First Nations diet appears to be a minor source of PBDEs. Conclusion: This is a well researched article rich in data about Canadian native population, this will be a very useful article for any researcher wanting to know more about the effects of dietary exposure to PBDE’s in Canada.