Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Study Shows Agent Orange Contamination Of Food In Vietnamese City

Date:
August 28, 2003
Source:
American College Of Occupational And Environmental Medicine
Summary:
Agent Orange-related contamination of food is responsible for high blood dioxin levels among residents of a Vietnamese city, reports a study in the August Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

Arlington Heights, IL, August 4, 2003--Agent Orange-related contamination of food is responsible for high blood dioxin levels among residents of a Vietnamese city, reports a study in the August Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

“Dioxin from Agent Orange is still poisoning Vietnamese people today, 30 years after spraying ended,” says Dr. Arnold Schecter of University of Texas School of Public Health, Dallas. “Even in children never sprayed with Agent Orange, dioxin is getting into the Vietnamese people through highly contaminated foods, including ducks, chicken, and fish.”

Along with an international research team, Dr. Schecter collected samples of food animals from Bien Hoa City, located 35 kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Previous studies have identified Bien Hoa City as a hot spot for dioxin contamination.

Very high levels of TCDD-the highly toxic dioxin contaminant of Agent Orange-were found in most types of animals studied. The highest levels were found in ducks: up to 343 parts per trillion, compared with a usual level of less than 0.1 part per trillion.

Other contaminated food sources included fish, free-range chickens and ducks, and even a toad. Samples of pork and beef, unlike earlier Vietnam studies, did not show elevated levels of TCDD.

Even higher TCDD levels were found in the fat of tested animals. This may be especially important because fat is considered a delicacy in Vietnam. The tests also showed elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in foods; the source of PCB contamination is unknown.

Dr. Schecter and colleagues previously reported highly elevated dioxin levels in the blood of Bien Hoa City residents-even in children born long after the end of the Vietnam War. In 1971, a spill from underground storage tanks at an airbase near Bien Hoa City released thousands of gallons of Agent Orange into the environment.

TCDD and other dioxins have been linked to cancer and a wide range of other health problems. The Institute of Medicine last month released a report on strategies to reduce exposure to dioxins and related compounds in the food supply.

“Although most food in Vietnam is not contaminated with dioxins, certain dioxin hot spots are highly contaminated," says Dr. Schecter. The high levels of contamination with PCBs add to the toxicity of TCDD.

To help people in Bien Hoa City and other hot spots, Dr. Schecter and colleagues recommend measures to supply uncontaminated food, along with additional health follow-up and possible environmental remediation. They also urge further studies of the potential health effects of dioxins and other toxic chemicals among veterans who served in the Vietnam War.

ACOEM, is an international medical society of 6,000 occupational physicians and other allied health professions. Founded in 1916, ACOEM provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments. The College is headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American College Of Occupational And Environmental Medicine. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American College Of Occupational And Environmental Medicine. "Study Shows Agent Orange Contamination Of Food In Vietnamese City." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 August 2003. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/08/030828073513.htm>.
American College Of Occupational And Environmental Medicine. (2003, August 28). Study Shows Agent Orange Contamination Of Food In Vietnamese City. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 1, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/08/030828073513.htm
American College Of Occupational And Environmental Medicine. "Study Shows Agent Orange Contamination Of Food In Vietnamese City." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/08/030828073513.htm (accessed August 1, 2014).

Share This




More Earth & Climate News

Friday, August 1, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Pyrenees Orphan Bear Cub Gets Brand New Home

Pyrenees Orphan Bear Cub Gets Brand New Home

AFP (Aug. 1, 2014) The discovery of a bear cub in the Pyrenees mountains made headlines in April 2014. Despire several attempts to find the animal's mother, the cub remained alone. Now, the Pyrenees Conservation Foundation has constructed an enclosure. Duration: 00:31 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise Free to Leave Russia

Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise Free to Leave Russia

AFP (Aug. 1, 2014) Greenpeace's ship Arctic Sunrise, held in custody by the Russian authorities since September last year, has departed the Russian city of Murmansk en route for its home port of Amsterdam. Duration: 01:04 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Visitors Feel Part of the Pack at Wolf Preserve

Visitors Feel Part of the Pack at Wolf Preserve

AP (July 31, 2014) Seacrest Wolf Preserve on the northern Florida panhandle allows more than 10,000 visitors each year to get up close and personal with Arctic and British Columbian Wolves. (July 31) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers

Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers

AP (July 31, 2014) With Florida's panther population rebounding, some ranchers complain the protected predators are once again killing their calves. (July 31) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins