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Highly chlorinated toxic contaminants in pesticide-treated wooden art objects.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17967745     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although the contamination of wooden art objects with pesticides is well known, to the authors' knowledge no attempt has yet been made to investigate the eventual presence of other toxic compounds that have been produced during the degradation of pesticides or that may be present in the technical formulations. Here, the authors report on the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polychlorinated terphenyls (PCTs) in scrapings from wooden antique art objects, namely printing blocks, sculptures, and masks. These antiques belong to 2 fine art museums in Belgium--Antwerp's Ethnographic Museum and the Plantin-Moretus Museum. It is documented that these art objects were treated with pesticides in the 1950s. In addition, 2-heptachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (HpCDD) isomers and octachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (OCDD) were also identified. The presence of these toxic compounds in these antiques requires a better understanding of safety for the persons (conservators, museum employees, restorers, and visitors) coming in contact with these objects.
Adrian Covaci; Peter Kawaki; Charles Indekeu; Paul Schepens; Hugo Neels
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of environmental & occupational health     Volume:  61     ISSN:  1933-8244     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Environ Occup Health     Publication Date:    2006 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-30     Completed Date:  2007-11-27     Revised Date:  2008-05-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101282564     Medline TA:  Arch Environ Occup Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Toxicological Centre, University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Pollutants / chemistry*
Pesticides / chemistry*
Polychlorinated Biphenyls / chemistry
Polychloroterphenyl Compounds / chemistry
Wood / chemistry*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Environmental Pollutants; 0/Pesticides; 0/Polychlorinated Biphenyls; 0/Polychloroterphenyl Compounds

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