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Feasibility of community food item collection for the National Children's Study.
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PMID:  21067794     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The National Children's Study proposes to investigate biological, chemical, physical, and psychosocial environmental exposures and their role on health outcomes in pregnant women and children. One specific area of concern is contaminant exposure through the ingestion of solid foods. National food contaminant databases may miss dietary exposures unique to specific communities and sources of food.
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of community food item collection for the assessment of pesticide exposure in pregnant women and young children.
METHODS: A prospective observational design was used to test the food collection protocol in mothers (n=45) of children aged 15-24 months in Salt Lake City, Utah. Foods for collection were based on: 1) frequency of different foods consumed by the target population as determined by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data; 2) child food frequency questionnaire; and 3) likelihood of pesticide contamination in the foods. Assessment measures included: demographics, environmental health survey, quality assurance checklist, and participant evaluation form.
RESULTS: An average of three food items were obtained from 44 households, yielding a collection rate of 97.8%. Overall, 100% of the food samples were rated as acceptable. Moreover, a vast majority of mothers reported that the study was not burdensome (95.5%) and that preparing the food sample was easy (93.2%).
CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that the community food item collection methodology shows promise as a low-burden approach for capturing dietary exposures on a household level, and appears to be a feasible tool for large population studies to assess dietary exposures unique to specific communities.
Kristine C Jordan; Marilyn L Knuth; Laurie J Moyer-Mileur; Rodney R Larson; Barbara E Sherwood; Suzanne McNutt; James J Quackenboss; Susan M Viet; Lisa J Melnyk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-11-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Science of the total environment     Volume:  409     ISSN:  1879-1026     ISO Abbreviation:  Sci. Total Environ.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-06     Completed Date:  2011-01-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330500     Medline TA:  Sci Total Environ     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  307-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Division of Nutrition, 250 South 1850 East, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Diet / statistics & numerical data
Environmental Exposure / analysis*
Feasibility Studies
Food / statistics & numerical data
Food Analysis / methods*
Food Habits
Health Surveys
Middle Aged
Pesticides / analysis
Young Adult
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