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Risk Factors for Chemical poisoning -- DDT

Risk factors discussion:

Humans can be exposed to DDT and similar chemical contaminants (DDE and DDD) primarily by eating food that contains small amounts of these compounds. Even though DDT has not been used in this country since 1972, small amounts of DDT and DDE are found in soil and, under certain conditions, may be transferred to crops grown on this soil. In addition, imported foods may have been directly exposed to DDT. The amount of DDT in crops has been decreasing and is expected to continue to decrease with time. EPA banned all uses of DDT, except for public health emergency, in 1972 primarily because amounts were building up in the environment and because some cancer tests in laboratory animals showed positive results. (Source: excerpt from FAQ WOMEN AND PESTICIDES: NWHIC)

About risk factors:

Risk factors for Chemical poisoning -- DDT are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Chemical poisoning -- DDT makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Chemical poisoning -- DDT. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Chemical poisoning -- DDT. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.


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