Minnesota Children's Pesticide Exposure Study

During the summer of 1997 the US Environmental Protection Agency and other national researchers conducted a pilot study in Minnesota to test methods of measuring children's pesticide exposures. The study was funded from a variety of sources (see Study Sponsors) and the work was carried out by the Research Triangle Institute/Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute consortium, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Researchers collected samples from 102 homes with children in urban and rural areas of Minnesota. By design the study over sampled households that reported frequent pesticide use. Samples included air (i.e., indoor, outdoor, and personal), tap water, food, beverages, soil, dust, blood, urine, and hair. Samples were analyzed for pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals, and volatile organic chemicals.

Results of the MNCPES study continue to be analyzed by researchers from the University of Minnesota, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at the State University of New Jersey Rutgers, Research Triangle Institute, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Numerous papers describing the results and interpretation of the research have been published in scientific journals.

Using data from this study and standard risk assessment techniques, the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a comparative risk analysis of children's exposures to multiple chemicals. For a description of this analysis or a copy of the report provided to the Minnesota Legislature, see the Comparative Risk Project. For more information about chemicals in the environment and practical steps to reduce children's exposures, see Chemicals of Special Concern to Children.

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Updated Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 09:20AM