Research Article

Organochlorine pesticide residues in human fat in the United Kingdom 1976-7.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981; 283 doi: (Published 28 November 1981) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981;283:1425
  1. D C Abbott,
  2. G B Collins,
  3. R Goulding,
  4. R A Hoodless


    Between May 1976 and August 1977 samples of human body fat were taken during routine necropsies in the United Kingdom on 236 subjects aged over 5 years and four infants aged under 4 months. Comparison with results from earlier studies showed a further decline in residues of pp'-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (pp'-DDT) and dieldrin (HEOD) and increased amounts of hexachlorobenzene residues; concentrations of other compounds were similar to those observed in the studies carried out in 1963-4, 1965-7, and 1969-71. Comparison of the data with those from other countries, showed that the concentrations of organochlorine pesticide residues and polychlorobiphenyls in human fat samples from residents of the United Kingdom remain among the lowest in Europe and, indeed, the world.