International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health

, Volume 66, Issue 4, pp 283–285

Nitro musk

  • Hellmut Ippen
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/BF00454368

Cite this article as:
Ippen, H. Int. Arch Occup Environ Heath (1994) 66: 283. doi:10.1007/BF00454368


The detection of nitro musk compounds in breast milk and in human adipose tissue is mainly due to the use of such substances as perfume in detergents from which they enter the sewage and finally the whole freshwater system. Due to their low degradability and a high biological concentration factor, they enter the food chain without the toxicological investigations to date allowing any certain conclusions on the effect of such accumulation in the human organism or on the effect of accumulation in ecological systems.

Key words

Nitro musk compoundsDetergentsFish

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hellmut Ippen
    • 1
  1. 1.GöttingenGermany