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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in Food

The rise in the incidence of health problems such as reproductive disorders and testicular and breast cancer has been linked by some to endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment. The role of food in transmitting these chemicals is uncertain and a topic of considerable research. This important book addresses key topics in this area.

The first part of the book reviews the impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals on health and behaviour, with chapters on the effect of dietary endocrine disruptors in such areas as the developing foetus, cancer and bone health. Parts two and three focus on the origin and analysis of endocrine disruptors in food products and risk assessment. Topics addressed include surveillance, analysis techniques such as biosensors, exposure assessment and the relevance of genetics, epigenetics and genomic technologies to the study of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Concluding chapters discuss examples of selected endocrine disrupting chemicals associated with food, such as dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls and brominated flame retardants, bisphenol A and phytoestrogens and phytosterols.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Endocrine-disrupting chemicals in food is an essential reference for all those concerned with ensuring the safety of food.

Hardbound, 608 Pages

Published: March 2009

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-218-6


  • Part 1 Endocrine disruptors, health and behaviour: The effect of dietary endocrine disruptors on the developing fetus; Human epidemiologic studies of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and altered hormone levels; Epidemiological evidence on impaired reproductive function and cancer related to endocrine disrupting chemicals; Nutritional phytoestrogens and bone health. Part 2 Origin and analysis of endocrine disruptors in food products: Endocrine-disrupting chemicals: Origins, fates and transmission into the food chain; Surveillance of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in foods; Advances in chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry-related techniques for analysis of endocrine disruptors in food; Biosensors for endocrine disruptors. Part 3 Risk assessment of endocrine disruptors in food products: Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in food; Bioassays for the detection of hormonal activities; Genetics, epigenetics and genomic technologies: importance and application to the study of endocrine disrupting chemicals; Computer-aided methodologies to predict endocrine-disrupting potency of chemicals; Endocrine disruptors in breast milk and the health-related issues of breastfeeding; Assessing the risks of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Part 4 Examples of endocrine-disrupting chemicals associated with food and other consumer products: Dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls and brominated flame retardants; Bisphenol A; Phytoestrogens and phytosterols; Pharmaceuticals; Endocrin-active Ultraviolet filters and cosmetics; Mechanisms of action of particular endocrine-disrupting chemicals.


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