Fish consumption patterns and hair mercury levels in children and their mothers in 17 EU countries.

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http://hdl.handle.net/10146/556768
Title:
Fish consumption patterns and hair mercury levels in children and their mothers in 17 EU countries.
Authors:
Castaño, Argelia; Cutanda, Francisco; Esteban, Marta; Pärt, Peter; Navarro, Carmen; Gómez, Silvia; Rosado, Montserrat; López, Ana; López, Estrella; Exley, Karen; Schindler, Birgit K; Govarts, Eva; Casteleyn, Ludwine; Kolossa-Gehring, Marike; Fiddicke, Ulrike; Koch, Holger; Angerer, Jürgen; Hond, Elly Den; Schoeters, Greet; Sepai, Ovnair; Horvat, Milena; Knudsen, Lisbeth; Aerts, Dominique; Joas, Anke; Biot, Pierre; Joas, Reinhard; Jiménez-Guerrero, José A; Diaz, Gema; Pirard, Catherine; Katsonouri, Andromachi; Cerna, Milena; Gutleb, Arno C; Ligocka, Danuta ( 0000-0001-6075-0792 ) ; Reis, Fátima M; Berglund, Marika; Lupsa, Ioana-Rodica; Halzlová, Katarína; Charlier, Corinne; Cullen, Elizabeth; Hadjipanayis, Adamos; Krsková, Andrea; Jensen, Janne F; Nielsen, Jeanette K; Schwedler, Gerda; Wilhelm, Michael; Rudnai, Peter; Középesy, Szilvia; Davidson, Fred; Fischer, Mark E; Janasik, Beata ( 0000-0002-0904-9869 ) ; Namorado, Sónia; Gurzau, Anca E; Jajcaj, Michal; Mazej, Darja; Tratnik, Janja Snoj; Larsson, Kristin; Lehmann, Andrea; Crettaz, Pierre; Lavranos, Giagkos; Posada, Manuel
Abstract:
The toxicity of methylmercury (MeHg) in humans is well established and the main source of exposure is via the consumption of large marine fish and mammals. Of particular concern are the potential neurodevelopmental effects of early life exposure to low-levels of MeHg. Therefore, it is important that pregnant women, children and women of childbearing age are, as far as possible, protected from MeHg exposure. Within the European project DEMOCOPHES, we have analyzed mercury (Hg) in hair in 1799 mother-child pairs from 17 European countries using a strictly harmonized protocol for mercury analysis. Parallel, harmonized questionnaires on dietary habits provided information on consumption patterns of fish and marine products. After hierarchical cluster analysis of consumption habits of the mother-child pairs, the DEMOCOPHES cohort can be classified into two branches of approximately similar size: one with high fish consumption (H) and another with low consumption (L). All countries have representatives in both branches, but Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Portugal and Sweden have twice as many or more mother-child pairs in H than in L. For Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia the situation is the opposite, with more representatives in L than H. There is a strong correlation (r=0.72) in hair mercury concentration between the mother and child in the same family, which indicates that they have a similar exposure situation. The clustering of mother-child pairs on basis of their fish consumption revealed some interesting patterns. One is that for the same sea fish consumption, other food items of marine origin, like seafood products or shellfish, contribute significantly to the mercury levels in hair. We conclude that additional studies are needed to assess and quantify exposure to mercury from seafood products, in particular. The cluster analysis also showed that 95% of mothers who consume once per week fish only, and no other marine products, have mercury levels 0.55μg/g. Thus, the 95th percentile of the distribution in this group is only around half the US-EPA recommended threshold of 1μg/g mercury in hair. Consumption of freshwater fish played a minor role in contributing to mercury exposure in the studied cohort. The DEMOCOPHES data shows that there are significant differences in MeHg exposure across the EU and that exposure is highly correlated with consumption of fish and marine products. Fish and marine products are key components of a healthy human diet and are important both traditionally and culturally in many parts of Europe. Therefore, the communication of the potential risks of mercury exposure needs to be carefully balanced to take into account traditional and cultural values as well as the potential health benefits from fish consumption. European harmonized human biomonitoring programs provide an additional dimension to national HMB programs and can assist national authorities to tailor mitigation and adaptation strategies (dietary advice, risk communication, etc.) to their country's specific requirements.
Affiliation:
Centro Nacional de Sanidad Ambiental (CNSA), Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), 28220 Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain; European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute of Environment and Sustainability, 21027 Ispra, Italy; Instituto de Investigacion de Enfermedades Raras (IIER) Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), Madrid, Spain; Public Health England, Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, Chilton, United Kingdom; Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine of the German Social Accident Insurance - Institute of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (IPA), Germany; Environmental Risk and Health, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Mol, Belgium; University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; (...); Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Lodz, Poland; ...
Citation:
Environ. Res. 2015 Feb. 6. pii:S0013-9351(14)00393-4
Journal:
Environmental research
Issue Date:
6-Feb-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10146/556768
DOI:
10.1016/j.envres.2014.10.029
PubMed ID:
25667172
Additional Links:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935114003934#
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1096-0953
Sponsors:
COPHES - COnsortium to Perform Human biomonitoring on a European Scale; DEMOCOPHES - DEMOnstration of a study to COordinate and Perform Human biomonitoring on a European Scale;
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dc.contributor.authorCastaño, Argeliaen
dc.contributor.authorCutanda, Franciscoen
dc.contributor.authorEsteban, Martaen
dc.contributor.authorPärt, Peteren
dc.contributor.authorNavarro, Carmenen
dc.contributor.authorGómez, Silviaen
dc.contributor.authorRosado, Montserraten
dc.contributor.authorLópez, Anaen
dc.contributor.authorLópez, Estrellaen
dc.contributor.authorExley, Karenen
dc.contributor.authorSchindler, Birgit Ken
dc.contributor.authorGovarts, Evaen
dc.contributor.authorCasteleyn, Ludwineen
dc.contributor.authorKolossa-Gehring, Marikeen
dc.contributor.authorFiddicke, Ulrikeen
dc.contributor.authorKoch, Holgeren
dc.contributor.authorAngerer, Jürgenen
dc.contributor.authorHond, Elly Denen
dc.contributor.authorSchoeters, Greeten
dc.contributor.authorSepai, Ovnairen
dc.contributor.authorHorvat, Milenaen
dc.contributor.authorKnudsen, Lisbethen
dc.contributor.authorAerts, Dominiqueen
dc.contributor.authorJoas, Ankeen
dc.contributor.authorBiot, Pierreen
dc.contributor.authorJoas, Reinharden
dc.contributor.authorJiménez-Guerrero, José Aen
dc.contributor.authorDiaz, Gemaen
dc.contributor.authorPirard, Catherineen
dc.contributor.authorKatsonouri, Andromachien
dc.contributor.authorCerna, Milenaen
dc.contributor.authorGutleb, Arno Cen
dc.contributor.authorLigocka, Danutaen
dc.contributor.authorReis, Fátima Men
dc.contributor.authorBerglund, Marikaen
dc.contributor.authorLupsa, Ioana-Rodicaen
dc.contributor.authorHalzlová, Katarínaen
dc.contributor.authorCharlier, Corinneen
dc.contributor.authorCullen, Elizabethen
dc.contributor.authorHadjipanayis, Adamosen
dc.contributor.authorKrsková, Andreaen
dc.contributor.authorJensen, Janne Fen
dc.contributor.authorNielsen, Jeanette Ken
dc.contributor.authorSchwedler, Gerdaen
dc.contributor.authorWilhelm, Michaelen
dc.contributor.authorRudnai, Peteren
dc.contributor.authorKözépesy, Szilviaen
dc.contributor.authorDavidson, Freden
dc.contributor.authorFischer, Mark Een
dc.contributor.authorJanasik, Beataen
dc.contributor.authorNamorado, Sóniaen
dc.contributor.authorGurzau, Anca Een
dc.contributor.authorJajcaj, Michalen
dc.contributor.authorMazej, Darjaen
dc.contributor.authorTratnik, Janja Snojen
dc.contributor.authorLarsson, Kristinen
dc.contributor.authorLehmann, Andreaen
dc.contributor.authorCrettaz, Pierreen
dc.contributor.authorLavranos, Giagkosen
dc.contributor.authorPosada, Manuelen
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-11T10:26:35Zen
dc.date.available2015-06-11T10:26:35Zen
dc.date.issued2015-02-06en
dc.identifier.citationEnviron. Res. 2015 Feb. 6. pii:S0013-9351(14)00393-4en
dc.identifier.issn1096-0953en
dc.identifier.pmid25667172en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.envres.2014.10.029en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10146/556768en
dc.description.abstractThe toxicity of methylmercury (MeHg) in humans is well established and the main source of exposure is via the consumption of large marine fish and mammals. Of particular concern are the potential neurodevelopmental effects of early life exposure to low-levels of MeHg. Therefore, it is important that pregnant women, children and women of childbearing age are, as far as possible, protected from MeHg exposure. Within the European project DEMOCOPHES, we have analyzed mercury (Hg) in hair in 1799 mother-child pairs from 17 European countries using a strictly harmonized protocol for mercury analysis. Parallel, harmonized questionnaires on dietary habits provided information on consumption patterns of fish and marine products. After hierarchical cluster analysis of consumption habits of the mother-child pairs, the DEMOCOPHES cohort can be classified into two branches of approximately similar size: one with high fish consumption (H) and another with low consumption (L). All countries have representatives in both branches, but Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Portugal and Sweden have twice as many or more mother-child pairs in H than in L. For Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia the situation is the opposite, with more representatives in L than H. There is a strong correlation (r=0.72) in hair mercury concentration between the mother and child in the same family, which indicates that they have a similar exposure situation. The clustering of mother-child pairs on basis of their fish consumption revealed some interesting patterns. One is that for the same sea fish consumption, other food items of marine origin, like seafood products or shellfish, contribute significantly to the mercury levels in hair. We conclude that additional studies are needed to assess and quantify exposure to mercury from seafood products, in particular. The cluster analysis also showed that 95% of mothers who consume once per week fish only, and no other marine products, have mercury levels 0.55μg/g. Thus, the 95th percentile of the distribution in this group is only around half the US-EPA recommended threshold of 1μg/g mercury in hair. Consumption of freshwater fish played a minor role in contributing to mercury exposure in the studied cohort. The DEMOCOPHES data shows that there are significant differences in MeHg exposure across the EU and that exposure is highly correlated with consumption of fish and marine products. Fish and marine products are key components of a healthy human diet and are important both traditionally and culturally in many parts of Europe. Therefore, the communication of the potential risks of mercury exposure needs to be carefully balanced to take into account traditional and cultural values as well as the potential health benefits from fish consumption. European harmonized human biomonitoring programs provide an additional dimension to national HMB programs and can assist national authorities to tailor mitigation and adaptation strategies (dietary advice, risk communication, etc.) to their country's specific requirements.en
dc.description.sponsorshipCOPHES - COnsortium to Perform Human biomonitoring on a European Scale; DEMOCOPHES - DEMOnstration of a study to COordinate and Perform Human biomonitoring on a European Scale;en
dc.languageENGen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935114003934#en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Environmental researchen
dc.subjecthuman biomonitoringen
dc.subjectmercury in hairen
dc.subjectsea fishen
dc.subjectseafood productsen
dc.subjectshellfishen
dc.titleFish consumption patterns and hair mercury levels in children and their mothers in 17 EU countries.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentCentro Nacional de Sanidad Ambiental (CNSA), Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), 28220 Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain; European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute of Environment and Sustainability, 21027 Ispra, Italy; Instituto de Investigacion de Enfermedades Raras (IIER) Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), Madrid, Spain; Public Health England, Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, Chilton, United Kingdom; Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine of the German Social Accident Insurance - Institute of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (IPA), Germany; Environmental Risk and Health, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Mol, Belgium; University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; (...); Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Lodz, Poland; ...en
dc.identifier.journalEnvironmental researchen

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