Musk Compounds in the Nordic environment

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Synthetic musk compounds are fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products such as cosmetics, laundry detergents and other cleaning agents. The use leads to emission of musk compounds into the atmosphere and into wastewater. The compounds are persistent and may bioaccumulate in the environment. This report presents the results of a screening of musk compounds in the Nordic environment represented by rain water, sewage sludge, fox liver and blue mussels.




A screening project of synthetic musk compounds in the environment of the Nordic countries was carried out in the second half of 2002. The project was initiated by the Nordic Terrestrial Monitoring Group, NTEM, with support from the Nordic Council of Ministers and from each of the Nordic Countries (Monitoring and Data Group and Chemicals group).


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