Title: Breast milk tainted with deadly toxin
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Title: Breast milk tainted with deadly toxin
Alternate Title: Ritter, Malcolm. Breast milk tainted with deadly toxin. Tampa Tribune. April 17, 1986; Experts" Dioxins in breast milk are not harmful. Tampa Tribune
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Language: English
Creator: Ritter, Malcolm ( Author )
Publication Date: April 17, 1986
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 5, Folder 22 ( SF - SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS ), Item 18
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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itM7^, f Experts: Dioxins

SBreast milk in breast milk
tainted with are not harmful
taint w NEW YORK (UPI) Traces of
toxic substances called dioxins
de l to n found in human milk should not
deadly toxn cause alarm or prevent women from
breast-feeding their infants, health
I A researcher said officials said Thursday.
S researcThey responded to a report from
babies get 18 times Dr. Arnold Schector, of the State
University of New York Medical
the lifetime safe level. CSchechter enter, saying a nursing infant will
the lifetiecer d that based on receive 18 times the recommended
previous studies of the behavior of lifetime dose of dioxins in the first
MALCOLM RITTER dioxin-like chemicals, he believes o l
AP Science Writer studies of breast milk will show his Heal of ici
S Health officials from the Centers
projection "may be off a tiny bit for Disease Control in Atlanta and
NEW .iRK In one year, (but) It's not going to be off very the Environmental Protection
many trtai-fed infants in the much."
rmany S tate s may consume 18n the muc." Agency said they are familiar with
SStates may consume 18 times The projection was based on fat Schector's research and have known
more of the toxic chemical dioxin samples from 200 people his re- for almost three years that traces of
thai. federal scientists recommend search team has examined, plus 900 dioxins are present in human breast
to; a lifetime, a researcher esti- fat samples tested by the federal milk.
mated Wednesday. government, he said. But the health officials said there
That projection for breast milk is But the health official
calculated from an average level o Despite the possible dioxin con- is no proof the amount of dioxins a
dioxin found in human fat in the taminatlon, Scbechter said human nursing infant will receive consiti-
United States and Canada, and stud- breast milk is "extremely desirable" tutes a health hazard.
ies of breast milk itself may begin because it is nutritious and helps the "No matter what a mother does,
this year. sa Dr. Arnold Schechter, baby resist disease. "At the moment her baby will be exposed to a certain
"this year, said Dr. Arnold Schechter, I I ."Atns thIomn

"We've got something that's a A womi'n '.cho wished to reduce chemicals in mothers' benefit s of breastev-
potential human health problem," ae; baby 5 xsible exposure to eral years. "The benefits es
Schechter said in an interview. "I dioxininn br. milk could nurse for feeding far outweigh the risks."
say potential' because we don't perhaps three months instead of a Dioxins, a byproduct of some
Knoa if there's a threshold" below year. he said. chemical manufacturing rcese
Sand present in some herbicides, are
which no harm occurs, or if the proj- found in soil and water. The officials
t .ie; amount is above or below such said the chemicals are a byproduct
a Ihreshhold. he said. of our industrialized society and that
S m.hechter's projection focused all humans are exposed to a certain
.,L dioin's most hazardous form, amount.
called 2,3,7.8-TCDD. Its effect on Large doses of dioxins are known
humans is being debated by scien- ae choracne on skin contact
tists but it has been associated in in- believed to cause livrchloracne ondam
dustrial studies with liver damage, a and are believed to cause liver dam-
dustrial studies with liver damage,e called chlo- age in humans. The chemicals, in
racnes and other problems. Animal cause some cancers in laboratory
stuchiec suggest a link to cancer rats but the link between dioxins and
Schechter spoke at a meeting of human cancer has never been
the American Chemical Society. firmly established, the health offi-
He saj, the federal recommen- cials sai.
lauun he cited for lifetime intake "The World Health Organization
Sus from the federal Centers for "Thas been studying this very issue of
Disease Control, calculated to give hadioxins been mik for the past year," issue of
an individual a one-in-1 million risk dioxins Donald G. Bafor thes, chairman of
of cancer from the chemical. It is said Donal division of the EPA.
based on intake of dioxin per unit of "They have come out in support of
"They have come out In support of
bod weight, he assumed the breast feeding. I think nursing moth-
His calculation assumed the should go by that recommenda-
baby is breast-fed for one year and ers should go by that recommend
weighs an average of 11 pounds over Schectort using a complicated
that time. CDC mathematical formula,
Wednesday told a meeting of the
American Chemical Society that an
average American infant will re-
ceive 65 nanograms of dioxins from
nursing the first years of life or 18
times the recommended lifetime
average of 3.6 nanograms. A nano- I
gram is one billionth of a gram.

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