Transport and Fate in Food Animals

  • George F Fries


Animal products are important components of most human diets. Therefore, it is important to evaluate these products as potential sources of exposure to environmental pollutants. Transport pathways that include an animal component will often enhance potential human exposure because persistent organic pollutants are typically hydrophobic and resistant to metabolism. As a result, these chemicals are retained and concentrated in the fats of tissues and products that are consumed by humans. Although it is not a focus of this chapter, it is noteworthy that some toxic chemicals may be persistent in certain environmental situations, but are metabolized, or are water-soluble and excreted. In this way, the animal component of a transport pathway may serve a protective function with regard to human exposure.


Feed Intake Persistent Organic Pollutant Dairy Cattle Body Burden Food Animal 
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