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Health Risk Assessment of Organochlorine Contaminants in Fish from a Major Lake (Baiyangdian Lake) in North China


Organochlorine contaminants (OCs) in fish were determined to evaluate the potential risk to humans consuming fish originating in Baiyangdian Lake, North China. Relatively low levels of PCBs, HCHs and DDTs were observed, with mean concentrations ranging from 0.28 to 3.28 ng/g, wet weight. Among various fish species tested, the highest burden of OCs was recorded in northern snakehead (7.39 ng/g, wet weight) and the lowest was in grass carp (2.04 ng/g, wet weight). The hazard ratios (HRs), based on noncancer risk were all less than 1.0, while the HRs based on cancer risk exceeded 1.0 only for PCBs based on the 90th percentile concentration.

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The research was financially supported by Major State Basic Research Development Program (No. 2009CB421605), National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 40871218), Scientific Research Foundation of Beijing Normal University (No. 2009SD-24) and National Water Pollution and Management Technology Project of China (No. 2009ZX07209-008).

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Dai, G.H., Liu, X.H., Liang, G. et al. Health Risk Assessment of Organochlorine Contaminants in Fish from a Major Lake (Baiyangdian Lake) in North China. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 87, 58–64 (2011).

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  • Fish
  • Health risk assessment
  • Organochlorine contaminants
  • China