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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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The overall aim of this screening study was to investigate the occurrence of selected plasticisers in environmentally related samples from the Nordic countries. Eight phthalates, four adipates and one azelate were analysed for. Measurements were carried out in effluents and sludges from waste water treatment plants, sediments and fish. Usually the participating countries (Denmark, Finland, Faroe Islands, Island, Norway and Sweden) contributed three samples from each sample type. A smaller number of bird eggs were also included. The relatively few samples and sample types are intended to give a “snap shot” of the situation.

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