Arsenic, an environmental pollutant, is present in minute but invariable amounts in food, drinking water and ambient air.
Izmir is founded on a land of long extinct volcanoes, with vast areas of lava ground suitable for agriculture.
It is located at close vicinity to high thermal activity, e.g., hot springs and thermal baths.
In the present study, total arsenic level in breast milk was assessed in randomly chosen 35 lactating women of different socioeconomic levels who live downtown in Izmir and in milk of 36 cows grazing on shoulder grass of highways with heavy traffic.
Total arsenic was assessed on an atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AA-680 Shimadzu).
Mean (± SEM) arsenic was found to be 4.219 ± 0.079 mug L-1 in breast milk, and 4.932 ± 0.38 mug L-1 in cow's milk.
In Izmir, arsenic contamination of breast milk was not found so as to be considered noxious for suckling infants, whereas was found relatively higher in cow's milk.
It would be prudent to remember breast and cow's milk arsenic contamination in breast fed or milk fed babies living in areas with higher thermal activity or in regions where ground water is with high arsenic content.
Mots-clés Pascal : Arsenic, Polluant, Environnement, Epidémiologie, Taux, Lait femme, Homme, Lait vache, Eau thermale
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Arsenic, Pollutant, Environment, Epidemiology, Rate, Human milk, Human, Cow milk, Thermal water
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0330404
Code Inist : 002B03L05. Création : 27/11/1998.