P-221: Exposure to Environmental Contaminants and Phytoestrogens in the Israeli Population Results of the Ministry of Health Biomonitoring Study Academic Article uri icon


  • Background: The Ministry of Health Biomonitoring Study estimated exposure of individuals in the Israeli population to bisphenol A (BPA), organophosphate pesticides, phthalates, cotinine, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and the phytoestrogenic compounds genistein and daidzein. Methods: In 2011, 250 individuals ages 20–73 were recruited from five different regions in Israel. Urine samples were collected and questionnaire data were obtained, including detailed dietary data (food frequency questionnaire and 24 hour recall). Urinary samples were analyzed at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. For each urinary parameter, the detection frequency, quantification frequency, 95th percentile and geometric mean were calculated. Results: BPA urinary concentrations were above the level of quantification (LOQ) in 89% of the samples whereas urinary concentrations of …

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  • September 1, 2012