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Here log P2 and log P1 represent partition coefficients measured in two different organic solvent-water systems with the coefficients a and c estimated by least squares fit. This might explain how a single partition coefficient could be applicable to so many different mechanisms since the weighting coefficient implicit in the Collander relationship would be estimated as part of the mathematical modeling process. It has been shown, however, that partition coefficients from other systems do contain extra information, which is useful in the description of biological properties. Young and co-workers demonstrated27 that the difference between octanol water and cyclohexane water log P values (Alog P) could be used to explain brain penetration as shown in eqn 4 and Figure 2. It was suggested that this parameter, first introduced by Seiler,28 might be a useful general descriptor for brain penetration
Drinking water, or potable water used as source water for pharmaceutical process water, must comply with the quality attributes of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (40 CFR 141) in which the level of coliforms are regulated. Several approved techniques to test for coliform bacteria are described in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater 3 , These techniques are the presence-absence test, most probable number (MPN) technique, chromogenic substrate coliform method and membrane filtration method. Drinking water is source or feed water for pharmaceutical systems and typically contains a wide variety of microorganisms. The microorganisms may compromise subsequent purification steps and need to be controlled by system-design controls and sanitization to prevent biofilm formation and consequent planktonic, or free-floating, population. Heterotrophic plate counts should be performed on source water at regular...
On the other hand, these areas may be in underdeveloped countries where natural drinking water sources are either far removed or, again, the available water is too polluted. Of not much less importance is that, in our world in which millions of people suffer and die of starvation, soft drinks are simple and immediate sources of carbohydrate nutrition one glass of naturally sweetened soft drink supplies about 20 g of sugar, which interprets into 320 kJ (76 Cal). A glass or two of a soft drink can therefore supply a small but significant portion of essential nutrition to such unfortunates. In addition, not only do soft drinks supply the drinking water but also the natural micronutrients it contains. The treated water in soft drinks retains most of its original natural minerals content. In underdeveloped countries, where local water sources are polluted or are far removed from the community, soft drinks thus supply some of the micronutrient minerals that would have normally been...
Administer BrdU to animals in drinking water (dissolve in sterile drinking water at 0.8 mg ml) or by i.v. or i.p. injection (dissolve in PBS to 4 mg ml, then inject 0.2 ml 0.8 mg per mouse as described in unit 1.6). Because BrdU is light sensitive, it is necessary to prepare fresh BrdU-containing drinking water daily. Injection may be used in conjunction with administration in drinking water when the exact start time of BrdU treatment is critical. Injecting BrdU either i.m. or i.p. is preferable when a short pulse of BrdU labeling is desired.
In certain parts of the world, the drinking water fluoride concentration exceeds lppm. Where the natural concentration exceeds 4ppm, most of the children are likely to develop significant discolorations. In much of North America, the drinking water is fluoridated, and if not, children are generally given a fluoride supplement. This has brought abouL an improvement in children's dental health, but has also been the cause of increased minor fluorosis. Since the fluoride additives taste good, children might sneak an extra tablet or two. They may also regularly swallow the pleasant tasting fluoride toothpastes that are on the market today. In either case, a chronic small excess of fluoride can create chalky areas on the developing tooth which will be noticed upon eruption.
The preparation and validation of liposomes make their use in partitioning studies time-consuming and tedious. The use of immobilized artificial membranes (IAMs), in contrast, combines the speed of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) technology with a model of phospholipid partitioning.73 In fact, capacity factors measured on IAMs74-86 are expected to reflect the partitioning of compounds in the liposomes water system. (IAM columns are
Primary prevention No vaccine handwashing, hygienic food preparation, avoid contaminated drinking water and recreational water. Secondary prevention Fecal pmns, fecal Gram stain, stool C&S, Shiga toxin ELISA, flexible sigmoidoscopy with colon biopsy. Tertiary prevention Quinolones preferred resistant to ampicillin, TMP SMX, and TCN.
Institoris et al. (1995) examined the developmental immunotoxic effects that exposure to 7, 9, or 14 mg DM kg or to 0.2, 0.3, or 0.4 mg MPT kg has on Wistar rats over 3 generations. Exposure to either DM or MPT in drinking water of the first generation (G1) began in 4-week-old males and females. Parental males were dosed until separation of females, and after mating the females were treated until separation, at 4 weeks old, from their G2 offspring. The G3 rats were produced in the same manner as the parental G2 rats. Selected 4-week-old males from each generation were also exposed to DM or MPT for 4 weeks. Only male offspring were evaluated for immune function. G1 males exposed to 14 mg DM kg had suppressed PFC response to SRBCs, as did G3 males exposed to 0.3 and 0.4 mg MPT kg. Peripheral blood leukocyte counts were decreased in G1 males exposed to DM, while MPT exposed G3 males had reduced thymus weights at 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4 mg MPT kg. There was no effect on the DTH response to KLH...
In experiments using exposure of rats to lead acetate throughout gestation, lactation, and juvenile development, Luster and colleagues reported alterations in both humoral (Luster et al. 1978) and cell-mediated immunity (Faith et al. 1979). Both serum IgG titers and plaque-forming cells were decreased in Sprague-Dawley rats following exposure pre- and postnatally to 25 or 50 ppm lead acetate in the drinking water (Luster et al. 1978). Similarly, the DTH response and T lymphocyte mitogen responses were depressed by exposure to lead (Faith et al. 1979). These studies demonstrated that early exposure to lead at relatively low doses could alter immune function. In these studies, lymphoid organ changes were modest compared with the functional changes. This appears to be another hallmark of lead-induced immuno-toxicity. For low to moderate levels of exposure, cell population organ changes are modest in comparison to the lead-induced T helper-associated functional changes. One exception to...
Saffron, from dried stigmas of Crocus sativus, is the world's most expensive spice. It takes seventy thousand flowers to produce about half a kilogram of saffron. Its name comes from the Arabic zafaran (yellow) and saffron was the Mediterranean equivalent of the Asian turmeric. In Classical times, saffron was strewed on floors as a perfume and figured in Roman trade with India. By 960 ad, the Arabs were cultivating saffron in Spain, while the Crusaders probably introduced it to northern Europe. Being expensive, saffron was often adulterated, as described by Pliny. In 15th century Germany, traders found guilty of adulterating saffron were burned or buried alive. Saffron reputedly cured everything from toothache to plague drinking saffron tea induced optimism and saffron tea was even added to canaries' drinking water.
Water probably has a significant role in the transmission of Arcobacter spp. both to animals and to humans (Phillips, 2001) and it has been estimated that 63 of A. butzleri infection in humans is from the consumption of, or contact with, potentially contaminated water (Mansfield and Forsythe, 2000). Because of its sensitivity to chlorine, infection is probably due to improper chlorination procedures or post-treatment contamination (Phillips, 2001) and hence Arcobacter spp. may be more common in developing nations with inadequate water supplies (Mansfield and Forsythe, 2000). Arcobacters have been isolated from drinking water reservoirs and treatment plants canal water, river water, raw sewage and disinfected effluent (Mansfield and Forsythe, 2000) and it has been suggested that the land application of anaer-obically digested sludge may cause high risk of infection (Phillips, 2001).
Owing to the prevalence of Campylobacter in poultry, control measures to reduce infection and spread of the organism on broiler farms would reduce the risk of transmission to humans further down the food chain. Control measures that have been shown to be effective have included strict hygienic routines when the farm workers enter the rearing room (washing hands, the use of separate boots for each broiler house and the use of footbath disinfection), disinfection of drinking water, and depopulation of broiler houses as quickly as possible and in one batch only (van de Giessen et al., 1996 Hald et al., 2000, 2001). In addition,
Dental fluorosis is often found in communities in which the fluoride content of the drinking water exceeds one part per million.10 The degree of severity of the staining is directly proportional to the amount of fluoride absorbed, and the teeth can be affected from the second trimester in utero through age nine.11
In addition to many medical uses, sodium hypochlorite has also been widely used for a number of non-medical uses, notably for water purification. Since its introduction, chlorination has become one of the most widely used and effective methods for providing safe drinking water to the world's population 21, 22 .
Activated carbon is an amorphous form of carbon that has been specially treated with steam at very high temperatures. This results in a material with a very porous internal structure. The pore sizes are microscopic, and the extensive porosity of the activated carbon gives it a very high total surface area with which to carry out the water purification action. This is achieved by a physical chemical process called adsorption.
Prior to receiving NOD mice from an specific-pathogen-free (SPF) colony, each investigator should check with institutional veterinary staff as to available resources for maintaining the SPF status of the imported mice. This requires provision of space, autoclavable diet, autoclavable bedding, acidified or chlorinated drinking water, and health monitoring. See unit 1.2 for additional information on managing immunocompromised animals. In North America, there are two major distributors supplying NOD mice (see appendix 5 for contact information). The Jackson Laboratory provides NOD Lt mice and related strains, including NOD LtSz-scid scid, NOD Lt-RIP-Tag and NOD LtSz-scid scid-RIP-Tag transgenic mice. In addition, The Jackson Laboratory distributes related control strains
Adapazari is one of the cities most deeply affected by the earthquake. According to the Turkish Medical Association's First Year Report on Marmara 1999 Earthquake, 70 of the drinking water system in the city center was destroyed. There was a 33 reduction in the number of hospital beds and a significant reduction in the number of physicians and nurses 12 .
Universal strategies for disease prevention are applied to everybody in a population because all the population is at potential risk of harm from the targeted risk factor. Common examples include water purification to eliminate waterborne infectious diseases in the water supply, hand washing before food handling to prevent bacterial food contamination and treatment of sewage before disposal to prevent bacterial contamination of waterways. Although universal strategies may seem to have only a limited effect for the individual, when applied across a whole population the effect is magnified considerably. A number of dementia risk factors apply to the whole population, so universal strategies are applicable.
Since nitrate is the primary nitrogen source for plants, it enters the mammalian food chain by its ability to accumulate in plant materials. Consequently, the intake of food, especially leafy vegetables and drinking water, is the main route of exposure of humans to NO-. The average intake of NO- via food consumption is estimated at 100 to 150 mg day and from water at 10 to 20 mg day. This accounts for more than 99 of the total daily NO- intake. In order to evaluate the toxicological significance of human exposure to NO- and NO-, the actual intakes of these substances need to be compared with estimated safe exposure levels. Based on a body weight of 70 kg, the actual intake of NO- is
SCID mice infected with the ME49 strain of T. gondii die within 2 to 3 weeks post infection. Sulfadiazine (200 mg per liter of drinking water) can be administered in order to establish a chronic infection. Reactivation of infection and death will occur after discontinuation of sulfadiazine. This has been used as a model that attempts to mimic the pathogenesis of toxoplasmic encephalitis in immunocompromised individuals. Experiments in which T cells and other immune cells are reconstituted into SCID mice can be used to study the role of these cells in the immune response to T. gondii.
In 1955 the first cases of an epidemic disease causing severe bone pain and multiple bone fractures were reported by a local general practitioner in a rural area in Japan. The disease, referred to by the Japanese as Itai-Itai disease ( ouch-ouch ), was clinically diagnosed as osteomalacia in most cases. Epidemiological studies showed that the disease occurred throughout the region. Only when it was found that the disease was associated with tubular kidney damage, a link with cadmium poisoning could be demonstrated. Local food and drinking water appeared to contain high levels of cadmium.
The European Union 'drinking water' directive requires that 'water intended for human consumption should not contain pathogenic organisms' and 'nor should such water contain parasites, algas, other organisms such as animalcules'. In recognising the impracticality of the current zero standard, the proposed revision to this Directive will make it a general requirement 'that water intended for human consumption does not contain pathogenic micro-organisms and parasites in numbers which constitute a potential danger to health'. No numerical standard for Giardia or Cryptosporidium is proposed. In the UK, Cryptosporidium is regulated in drinking water. The regulation sets a treatment standard at water treatment sites determined to be of significant risk following risk assessment. Daily continuous sampling of at least 1000 litres over at least 22 h period from each point at which water leaves the water treatment works is required and the goal is to achieve less than an average density of 1...
In recent years, legislation in both the USA and EU stipulated that companies producing chemicals in quantities greater than 1000 tonnes per annum, often referred to as high-production volume (HPV) chemicals, should provide data on the human and environmental safety of these substances. Current estimates are that less than 10 of the 2500-3000 chemicals that fall under this legislation have sufficient data available for them.8 In addition to this, other legislation, such as the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendment of 1996 require the US Environmental Protection Agency to assess thousands of contaminants believed to be present in drinking water and to develop and maintain a Contaminant Candidate List for further investigation.9
In general, prevention of EHEC infection relies on good hygienic practices all along the food chain from farm to the final preparation to consumption. These include good animal husbandry practices to minimise the spread of contaminated material to animals or on ground used for crops protection of fruits and vegetables from manure, treatment of potentially contaminated foods, e.g. pasteurisation of milk, irradiation or heat treatment of meat and meat products thorough hand-washing before preparation of food. Waterborne transmission is also prevented through effective treatment of drinking water and sewage disposal.
Our simulation suggested that both the translational and rotational dynamics of water molecules in a fully hydrated, multilamellar lipid bilayer system depend on where the water molecules are located. As expected, both the translational and rotational mobilities of the ''bulk'' water molecules located in the middle of the interlamellar space are significantly greater than those of the ''bound'' water molecules located in the first solvation shell of the lipid polar groups (carbonyl, phosphate, and choline). The translational diffusion constants and the rotational rates of the bound water molecules increase in the order carbonyl-bound phosphate-bound choline-bound. On the time scale of tens of picoseconds, the bound water molecules exhibit largely isotropic translational motion, whereas the bulk water molecules diffuse approximately 50 faster in the plane of the membrane than out of the plane. None of the water molecules in the membrane-water system obey the Debye rotational diffusion...
Generally, most people are of the opinion or believe that the food they ingest will not be harmful to their health. Still, from time to time the media reports cases that give rise to concern about food safety. Pesticide residues in food or drinking water, antibiotics in animal feed, hormones in meat, nitrate in green vegetables, new techniques in food processing such as application of biotechnology, and contamination are some examples of causes for concern. - epidemiological evidence, health statistics, data on the incidence of diseases resulting from contamination of food with bacteria etc., contamination of drinking water (see Figure 23.1) Figure 23.1 Epidemiological evidence of health risks caused by drinking water components. Results presented in the order of publication year of pioneering work. The number of unconfirmed risks increases much more rapidly than the number of confirmed risks. Source Grimvall and Ejvengard, 1986.
One of the most common worldwide uses of chlorine and chlorine containing compounds (including sodium hypochlorite) is as a disinfectant for drinking water. This use has led a number of investigators to examine the carcinogenicity of chlorinated water. Hasegawa et al. 30 examined the effects on rats of a 104-week administration of sodium hypochlorite in drinking water at levels of 0.05-0.2 . No significant increase in incidence of any tumors was observed, leading the investigators to conclude that sodium hypochlorite showed no carcinogenic potential. Kurokawa examined the carcinogenicity of long-term exposure to sodium hypochlorite in both rats and mice 31 . The rats were given a 104-week administration of sodium hypochlorite in drinking water at levels of 0.05-0.2 , whereas the mice underwent a 103-week administration of sodium hypochlorite in drinking water at levels of 0.05-0.1 . The authors also concluded that sodium hypochlorite was not carcinogenic in rats and mice.
Common infection is not well understood. Most cases are sporadic, as opposed to being associated with large outbreaks, and there is a high frequency in which the vehicle is not identified (Neal and Slack, 1997). Where identified, poultry, raw milk, contaminated drinking water, contact with pet animals and travel abroad have been recognised as the most common vehicles and or risk factors associated with Campylobacter infection in humans (Schorr et al., 1994 Neal and Slack, 1997 Solomon and Hoover, 1999 Rautelin and Hanninen, 2000). Several studies have been made in order to identify the risk factors associated with the occurrence of, and increases in the incidence of, Campylobacter in broiler flocks. These risk factors have included lack of a hygiene barrier when entering the broiler house, presence of other farm animals in the vicinity of the broiler house on farms with a missing hygiene barrier, dividing the flock into batches for staggered slaughter, the speed of catching and...
The primary target for mercury is the central nervous system. Human response data are available from epidemics of methylmercury poisoning in Japan and Iraq. The first epidemic was caused by consumption of fish from water that was heavily contaminated by industrial waste water. In Iraq, the poisoning appeared to result from the ingestion of wheat treated with a fungicidal mercurial. The total daily intake of mercury per individual in the US and in Western Europe is estimated at 1 to 20 ig. The tolerable weekly intake (TWI) is 300 g, of which not more than 200 g should be in the form of methylmercury. The TWI is an estimate of the amount of a contaminant in food or drinking water, which can be ingested weekly over a lifetime by humans without appreciable health risk. Compare to Part 3, Chapter 16, Section 18.104.22.168. The US has set limit values for seafood only.
The intake of cadmium in the US from 1982 to 1991 ranged from 3.7 to 14.4 g day (also determined on the basis of data obtained in FDA Total Diet Studies). The absorption from food varies, depending on genetic factors, age, and nutritional factors. Infants absorb and accumulate more cadmium than adults. Calcium or iron deficiency can increase the absorption of cadmium. Pyridoxine deficiency appears to decrease its absorption. The TWI is 0.4 to 0.5 mg. The US has set a safety limit for drinking water and bottled water 0.005 mg l. For foods, no limit values have been set.
Contamination of the biosphere with nitrogen compounds can result in a nitrate concentration increase in groundwater. This can ultimately lead to increases in the nitrate concentration of drinking water as well as in the nitrate level of food (of plant origin). Public waterworks use both groundwater and surface water as sources of drinking water. At the moment, it is not common practice to remove nitrate during drinking water production. Where there is no connection with the water system, groundwater is also used as a source of drinking water through private wells.
Subacute subchronic repeated dose studies. These are important for examining the safety of food components. The substance is added to the feed or drinking water to imitate exposure to humans. Special attention should be paid to the composition of the diet, if the substance under investigation is a macronutrient, because in that case it usually has to be incorporated into the diet at levels as high as 20 to 60 at the expense of a comparable nutrient. Examples are alkaline treated proteins, protein concentrates from bacteria or yeasts, and chemically modified potato or maize starch. Aspects to be checked are, for example, vitamin and mineral content and their bioavailability to avoid nutrient deficiencies, which could strongly influence the results of the toxicity studies and, thus, lead to erroneous conclusions. The problems associated with toxicity testing of macronutrients, food products, and new foods have already been touched upon (Section 8.6) and will be discussed in more detail...
Bacteria in the oral cavity can reduce nitrate to nitrite. Nitrite oxidizes (ferrous) hemoglobin to methemoglobin, which cannot bind oxygen. This may lead to a state of anoxia. The consumption of meat with high levels of nitrate and nitrite as well as of other dietary nitrate sources, such as drinking water and spinach, has resulted in life-threatening methemoglobinemia, especially in young children. Newborns are (transiently) deficient in NADH-reductase, the major system responsible for methemoglobin reduction.
This equation is only valid when the organic solvents have similar physical properties, in particular, similar hydrogen bonding capacity. In fact, for the dbe water system a satisfactory correlation exists between the log Poct and log Pdbe (Figure 3a n 70 r2 0.92).29 Conversely, when 1,2-dichloroethane (dce) is used, a similar plot of logPdce versus logPoct splits the training set into two lines (Figure 3b)28 due to the a properties of the solutes (a hydrogen bond donor acidity). 1,2-dce is an organic solvent replacing alkanes, as explained below.
It is all very well to treat the raw water to eliminate things that could affect the taste and appearance of a soft drink. But with regard to the bugs, hazardous pesticides, and other no-no materials, does this mean they and their kids are at risk when drinking water from the tap at home
Primary prevention No vaccine use boiled or bottled drinking water in developing countries. Secondary prevention Immunofluorescent electron microscope (IFEM), viral RNA amplification by PCR ELISA and Western blot for antibodies not widely available. Tertiary prevention Supportive therapy only. Transmission Fecal-oral. Vehicle Contaminated water
The prevention of diarrhoeal diseases depends on the provision and use of safe water, adequate sanitation and health education (see Table 5.4). An adequate water supply is essential to protect health and is one of the highest priorities for camp planners. A supply of adequate quantities of water (reasonably clean if possible) in emergency situations is more important than a supply of small quantities of microbiologically pure water. Safe drinking-water
Chlorination of raw water as a disinfection process in the soft drinks industry as well as in the general municipal water supply systems industry has been the preferred method for many years and still is the most effective way to combat microbiological infection. In recent years, some byproducts of chlorination have been found in waters and are referred to as trihalomethanes (THMs). They are chemical substances that are formed when chlorine reacts with the natural organic compounds found in almost all source waters. The THMs are a group of chemicals. A typical example is chloroform (CHCl3). Numerous studies linked the THMs to various and diverse health hazards. Though the risks are considered very low, local and world health authorities prescribed a maximum allowed limit of 100 ppb (parts per billion) total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) in drinking water. This has become the standard for treated water in the soft drinks industry. It is imperative that continuous testing for THMs is...
Sensitive, and reproducible techniques. Classical techniques carried out to detect and quantify viruses are mainly cell culture, electron microscopy, ELISA, and EIA. But they are time consuming, expensive, and of low sensitivity. In parallel there is a dramatic need to detect low amounts of diluted enteroviruses for virological control of drinking water as well as to get perfect safety of bioprod-ucts. Therefore, removal or inactivation of viruses such as HIV or other retrovi-ruses is absolutely required.
Early work by Luster et al. (1978) and Faith et al. (1979) examined the developmental immunotoxic effects of chronic pre- and postnatal exposure of rats to low levels of lead acetate in drinking water. Weanling (21-day-old) female Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were exposed to lead acetate at concentrations of 25 and 50 ppm in their drinking water until 10 weeks of age. These female rats were then mated with untreated males and continued on the same lead acetate concentrations throughout gestation and lactation. Offspring of these females were weaned at 21 days of age and continued on the same lead exposure through immune function testing between 35 and 45 days of age. These lead exposures resulted in decreased thymus weights, compared to controls, but did not alter body weight nor result in overt signs of toxicity. The IgG antibody response to sheep red blood cells (SRBCs), as well as the IgM antibody plaque-forming cell (PFC) response to SRBCs, were both suppressed at 25 and 50 ppm lead...
Excessive dietary iodine may increase the risk of thyroiditis, hyperthy-roidism, hypothyroidism, and goiter 73 . In healthy adults, short-term iodine intakes of 500-1,500 xg day have mild inhibitory effects on thyroid function. The consequences of prolonged exposure to high intakes of iodine, particularly in children, are less clear. Endemic goiter in children has been described in coastal Japan, where iodine intake from seaweed was 10,000 xg day. Lower intakes, in the range of 400-1,300 xg day, from iodine-rich drinking water, were associated with increased serum thyrotropin and thyroid volume in a small sample of Chinese children. concentrations in drinking water were 462 and 54 xg l, and the children's mean UI concentrations were 1,235 and 428 xg g creatinine, respectively. The mean serum TSH concentration (7.8 xU ml) was high in the first village and normal (3.9 xU ml) in the second village. In the first village, the goiter rate was 60 and mean thyroid volume (tvol) was 13.3 ml,...
Trend analysis of microbiological data should be performed at regular intervals. Conclusions from these analyses should be used as a means of alert to signal the need for maintenance and or sanitization. Alert and action levels should be established for monitoring and control of the water system. They should be established based upon system validation and monitoring data, system design specifications, product requirements and product quality concerns. The limits are established within process and product specification tolerances so that exceeding a limit does not imply that product quality has been compromised. Frequency of sanitization is generally determined by the results of system monitoring and documented in the water system SOP. The frequency of sanitization should be established such that the system operates in a state of microbiological control and does not routinely exceed alert limits. Frequency of monitoring should also ensure that the system consistently produces water of...
This implies that epidemiological studies on health risk from food components will become increasingly difficult since there is a tendency towards buying mass-produced foods from supermarkets. In addition, increasing mobility eliminates the effects of differences in local environment. Health effects of certain food contaminants can only be studied if populations distinctly differ in exposure. Examples of such natural experiments concern populations living in areas where the water or soil is contaminated with nitrate, arsenic, or cadmium, resulting in a relatively high intake of these contaminants with food or drinking water. In epidemiological research one can compare the incidence of a particular disease in a certain area with national statistics or with the incidence in uncontaminated regions. Comparing people who use artificial sweeteners or drink coffee with people who do not, is another example of studying distinct differences in exposure. If the exposure conditions differ little...
Since the preparation of this chapter, risk analysis has become an increasingly visible and controversial topic in the United States. The discussion has centered on sweeping legislative reform proposed during the 104th Congress (1995-1996) and included suggested reforms in risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication. Omnibus risk regulatory reform legislation, which in some cases would supersede existing law, has been proposed, as well as reforms of specific legislation, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Remediation and Cost Liability Act (Superfund), and the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FFDCA, and specifically the Delaney Clause). While none of these measures have been passed into law, the discussions are likely to be on-going for several years, but already have had impacts on agency approaches and policies.
According to one line of thought, substance X should not be present at all in a particular food. Starting from here, it may be stated that certain substances, for example pesticide residues, should not pass the water purification processes, and should not be found in drinking water. Every amount detectable in water then exceeds the zero tolerance limit and calls for action. Media reports on such cases are known to confuse consumers readily. Although legally unacceptable, the substance is considered to pose no toxicologi-cal risks. Another disadvantage of this approach is that detection limits of yesterday may be altered tomorrow, leading to a reassessment of the zero-tolerance level.
Immune deficits have also been seen after gestational exposure to ethanol. Human and animal studies have frequently demonstrated a decrease in T cell number (Ewald and Walden 1988 Ewald 1989) and function (Basham et al.1998 Chang et al. 1994 Gottesfeld and Ullrich 1995 Monjan and Mandell 1980 Norman et al. 1989 Redei et al. 1989 Seelig et al. 1996 Tewari et al. 1992 Weinberg and Jerrells 1991) with gestational or neonatal exposures of varying length. The majority of these studies delivered ethanol in a chronic dosage as a component of a liquid diet or in the drinking water. This chronic-exposure regimen produced more consistent immune deficits than have binge-drinking models (Basham et al. 1998). However, just how these immune alterations are related to the produced neural defects is unclear. One potential mechanism whereby the extensive CNS changes might affect offspring immune function is via the second messenger alterations to the muscarinic cholin-ergic system. Alternatively, it...
The general population has the potential for chronic low-level exposure to heavy metals primarily through ingestion of contaminated food, and, to some extent, air pollution. Metals such as lead are very persistent once they enter the human body and can accumulate in bone deposits (Agency for Toxic Substances 1997). Mobilization of maternal bone lead deposits or lead circulating in maternal blood can result in exposure to the fetus through the placenta and to a breastfed infant through lactation (Snyder et al. 2000). Lead contamination in drinking water
Drinking water acidified tap or sterile water, adjusted to pH 3.5 to 4.0 with 1 N HCl 2. House the rats in autoclaved microisolators (see unit 1.2), using autoclaved cages, bedding, water bottles, and food in an SPF or VAF facility. Provide the rats with acidified drinking water ad libitum. House sentinel animals in the same animal room, but not in microisolators. Use a laminar flow hood as a workstation for animal husbandry and for experimental procedures. Frequently disinfect animal handling areas, animal racks, and other surfaces with Clidox disinfecting solution to help keep the facility virus free.
Fluoride is present in low but varying concentrations in drinking water (1 mg l), plants (e.g., tea), and animals (fish, 50 to 100 mg per 100 g). It accumulates in human bone tissue and dental enamel. Its beneficial effects on dental health have clearly been demonstrated.
Although evidence on the pathogenicity of this organism is scare, Aeromonas hydrophila is viewed as an emerging foodborne pathogen associated with seafood, snails and drinking water. Aeromonas is an opportunistic pathogen, causing infections particularly in children, the elderly and the immunocompro-mised. Acute intestinal symptoms include watery stools, stomach cramps, mild fever and vomiting. Recent case reports have associated chronic colitis with Aeromonas hydrophila infection (Ibrahim et al., 1996). Extraintestinal infections may also occur and cause health problems such as bronchopneumonia and cholecystitis (inflammation of gallbladder). The organism is commonly found in aquatic environments and can be transmitted through consumption of seafoods, snails and drinking water. The control measures include treatment and disinfection of water supply and thorough cooking of food. As the organism can grow at low temperatures (for instance at a temperature of 4 C), long-term...
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