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Storage of Insecticides in French People

Naturevolume 199pages11891191 (1963) | Download Citation



STORAGE of DDT in people without occupational exposure to the compound reflects their dietary intake1. Measurement of storage in a random sample of the population of the country may be used as an index of residues of other pesticides as well as those of DDT in the total food supply. We were fortunate in obtaining samples of adipose tissue from ten French people. Even though the number is small, the results are of interest because they are the first from France and because they permit a comparison with results from other countries.

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  1. Toxicology Section, Technology Branch, Communicable Disease Center, U.S. Public Health Service, Atlanta, Georgia

    •  & WILLIAM E. DALE
  2. Laboratoire de Toxicologie de la Préfecture de Police, 2 Place Mazas, Paris, 12e



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