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Selected Plasticisers and Additional Sweeteners in the Nordic Environment

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The report Selected plasticisers and additional sweeteners in the Nordic Environment describes the findings of a Nordic environmental study. The study has been done as a screening, that is, it provides a snapshot of the occurrence of selected plasticisers and sweeteners, both in regions most likely to be polluted as well as in some very pristine environments. The plasticisers analysed were long chained phthalates and adipates, and the sweeteners analysed were aspartame, cyclamate and sucralose. The purpose of the screening was to elucidate levels and pathways of hitherto unrecognized pollutants. Thus the samples analysed were taken mainly from sewage lines, but also in recipients and biota, both in assumed hot-spot areas and in background areas.

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Results and discussion, plasticisers

All measured concentrations of individual substances are tabulated in Appendix 3 and 4. An overview of the detection frequencies, i.e. the fraction of samples where a substance was found in a concentration above the limit of quantification (LOQ) for the different sample matrices, is given inTable 4.1.

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