Champaign, Ill—For residents across the
country, a spate of recent newspaper headlines such as "Are You Eating Cancerous
Salmon?" have raised sobering questions about whether pollutants are making
fish and other foods unsafe to eat.
The stories focus on polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a chemical mixture
that has been linked in animal studies to cancer, liver toxicity, and adverse
effects on the immune, reproductive, neurological, and endocrine systems.
And new studies are pointing to possible links between PCBs and cardiovascular
Mitka M. Researchers Ponder PCB Health Risks. JAMA. 2004;292(7):793. doi:10.1001/jama.292.7.793