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Bromine and iodine in 1997 UK total diet study samples

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Concentrations of bromine and iodine were analysed in samples from the 1997 UK Total Diet Study (TDS) using ICP-MS. The data has been used to estimate dietary exposures of UK consumers to these elements from the typical UK diet. Samples for the 20 TDS food groups were obtained from 20 towns in the UK in 1997 and analysed in 1998/99 for total bromine and total iodine concentrations. These samples were also analysed for 12 other elements. The UK regulatory authority had considered iodine recently, but had not considered bromine before. This survey provides up-to-date baseline data for these two elements. Iodine concentrations are similar to those found in recent surveys. Levels of bromine were consistent with previous data where available. Dietary exposures to bromine and iodine were calculated to see if there were any risks to health from the levels of these elements found in the UK diet. The estimated population average exposure to iodine was 0.25 mg d−1, which is within the range of previous estimates (1995, 0.21 mg d−1; 1991, 0.17 mg d−1; 1985, 0.28 mg d−1). The estimated population average exposure to bromine was 3.6 mg d−1.

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The article was received on 12 Feb 2001, accepted on 28 Jun 2001 and first published on 12 Jul 2001

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B105695F
Citation: J. Environ. Monit., 2001,3, 361-365
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    Bromine and iodine in 1997 UK total diet study samples

    M. Rose, P. Miller, M. Baxter, G. Appleton, H. Crews and M. Croasdale, J. Environ. Monit., 2001, 3, 361
    DOI: 10.1039/B105695F

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