Breast milk survey

This survey is the third of three consecutive breast milk surveys, conducted in 1988, 1998 and 2008, aiming to measure individual breast milk levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in New Zealand first time mothers aged 20 to 30.

Concentrations of persistent organic pollutants in the milk of NZ women

The survey was designed to provide time trend data for dioxins/furans, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and their metabolites, and provide baseline data for *brominated flame retardants (BFRs).

The study was conducted by the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University, as part of a Ministry of Health contract for scientific services.

View the study on the Massey University website.

* If you wish to find out more about brominated flame retardants, the Ministry for the Environment has a paper available.

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