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February 25, 1983

Chromatographic Evidence of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Exposure From a Spill

Author Affiliations

From the Biometry and Risk Assessment Program (Drs Rogan and Gladen) and Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry (Drs McKinney and Albro), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC.

JAMA. 1983;249(8):1057-1058. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330320055033

Women who were part of a study in which polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were measured in breast milk were exposed accidentally to a PCB spill. While the overall level of PCBs found in their milk was not different from background levels, the chromatograms showed unusual peaks that indicate the presence of heavily chlorinated PCBs of the kind that were spilled.

(JAMA 1983;249:1057-1058)