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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221984/postharvest-reduction-of-coliphage-ms2-from-romaine-lettuce-during-simulated-commercial-processing-with-and-without-a-chlorine-based-sanitizer
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Samantha L Wengert, Tiong Gim Aw, Elliot T Ryser, Joan B Rose
Viral foodborne outbreaks are a serious threat to public health, and fresh produce is becoming increasingly recognized as a transmission vehicle. To limit foodborne disease, ready-to-eat leafy greens are typically washed with a chlorine-based sanitizer during commercial production. This study assessed the efficacy of a chlorine-based sanitizer against coliphage MS2, as a potential surrogate for foodborne viruses, on fresh-cut romaine lettuce during simulated commercial production using a small-scale processing line...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221978/quantitative-microbial-risk-assessment-for-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-in-fresh-cut-lettuce
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Hao Pang, Elisabetta Lambertini, Robert L Buchanan, Donald W Schaffner, Abani K Pradhan
Leafy green vegetables, including lettuce, are recognized as potential vehicles for foodborne pathogens such as Escherichia coli O157:H7. Fresh-cut lettuce is potentially at high risk of causing foodborne illnesses, as it is generally consumed without cooking. Quantitative microbial risk assessments (QMRAs) are gaining more attention as an effective tool to assess and control potential risks associated with foodborne pathogens. This study developed a QMRA model for E. coli O157:H7 in fresh-cut lettuce and evaluated the effects of different potential intervention strategies on the reduction of public health risks...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202064/prediagnostic-plasma-concentrations-of-organochlorines-and-risk-of-b-cell-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-in-envirogenomarkers-a-nested-case-control-study
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Rachel S Kelly, Hannu Kiviranta, Ingvar A Bergdahl, Domenico Palli, Ann-Sofie Johansson, Maria Botsivali, Paolo Vineis, Roel Vermeulen, Soterios A Kyrtopoulos, Marc Chadeau-Hyam
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests a largely environmental component to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), DDE and HCB have been repeatedly implicated, but the literature is inconsistent and a causal relationship remains to be determined. METHODS: The EnviroGenoMarkers study is nested within two prospective cohorts EPIC-Italy and the Northern Sweden Health and Disease Study. Six PCB congeners, DDE and HCB were measured in blood plasma samples provided at recruitment using gas-chromatography mass spectrometry...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174041/occurrence-origin-and-toxicity-of-disinfection-byproducts-in-chlorinated-swimming-pools-an-overview
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Tarek Manasfi, Bruno Coulomb, Jean-Luc Boudenne
Disinfection treatments are critical to conserve the microbiological quality of swimming pool water and to prevent water-borne infections. The formation of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in swimming pools is an undesirable consequence resulting from reactions of disinfectants (e.g. chlorine) with organic and inorganic matter present in pool water, mainly brought by bathers. A considerable body of occurrence studies has identified several classes of DBPs in swimming pools with more than 100 compounds detected, mainly in chlorinated freshwater pools...
January 30, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129907/effects-of-residual-disinfectant-on-soil-and-lettuce-crop-irrigated-with-chlorinated-water
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A Lonigro, N Montemurro, G Laera
The accidental or continuous release of residual chlorine in water reclaimed for irrigational purposes could compromise the crop yield and increase the load of toxic organo-halogenated compounds, posing additional risks for environment and human health. This study was aimed at assessing the consequences of using chlorinated water for irrigating lettuce crops grown in pots with two different types of soil. The results show that the accumulation of extractable organo-halogenated compounds (EOX) in soil, roots and leaves is directly related to the chlorine concentration in the irrigation water...
January 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067285/residential-exposure-to-chlorinated-hydrocarbons-from-groundwater-contamination-and-the-impairment-of-renal-function-an-ecological-study
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Hui-Ming Chen, Ming-Tsang Wu
Groundwater pollution from the petrochemical industry causes serious deterioration of soil and groundwater quality and impacts on human health worldwide. However, few studies have examined the effect of residential exposure to petrochemical chlorinated hydrocarbon-contaminated groundwater on renal function impairment in humans. We conducted an ecological study to investigate the two. A polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant was located in one of the six villages, the study area, in Kaohsiung city of southwestern Taiwan...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064143/production-of-trihalomethanes-haloacetaldehydes-and-haloacetonitriles-during-chlorination-of-microcystin-lr-and-impacts-of-pre-oxidation-on-their-formation
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Wenhai Chu, Dechang Yao, Yang Deng, Minghao Sui, Naiyun Gao
Microcystins (MCs) in drinking water have gained much attention due to their adverse health effects. However, little is known about the impact of pre-oxidation in the formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs) during the downstream chlorination of MCs. The present study examined the formation of both carbonaceous and nitrogenous DBPs from chlorination of MC-LR (the most abundant MC species) and evaluated the impact of permanganate (PM), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and chlorine dioxide (ClO2) pre-oxidation on the DBP formation in chlorination...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987463/a-taxonomy-of-chemicals-of-emerging-concern-based-on-observed-fate-at-water-resource-recovery-facilities
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Steven M Jones, Zaid K Chowdhury, Michael J Watts
As reuse of municipal water resource recovery facility (WRRF) effluent becomes vital to augment diminishing fresh drinking water resources, concern exists that conventional barriers may prove deficient, and the upcycling of chemicals of emerging concern (CECs) could prove harmful to human health and aquatic species if more effective and robust treatment barriers are not in place. A multiple month survey, of both primary and secondary effluents, from three (3) WRRFs, for 95 CECs was conducted in 2014 to classify CECs by their persistence through conventional water reclamation processes...
March 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932085/development-of-a-sensitive-and-false-positive-free-pma-qpcr-viability-assay-to-quantify-vbnc-escherichia-coli-and-evaluate-disinfection-performance-in-wastewater-effluent
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Richard J Kibbee, Banu Örmeci
The detection and quantification of viable Escherichia coli cells in wastewater treatment plant effluent is very important as it is the main disinfection efficacy parameter for assessing its public health risk and environmental impact. The aim of this study was to develop a sensitive and false-positive free propidium monoazide-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PMA-qPCR) assay to quantify the viable but non-culturable (VBNC) E. coli present in secondary wastewater effluent after chlorine disinfection. The qPCR target was the E...
January 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920190/evaluation-of-chlorine-dioxide-based-product-as-a-hatchery-sanitizer
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P Maharjan, S Cox, U Gadde, F D Clark, K Bramwell, S E Watkins
Formaldehyde is commonly used to overcome contaminants introduced by hatching eggs or water supply in the hatcher cabinets. However, health risks associated with its use make economical alternatives important. This project evaluated a chlorine dioxide based product (CDBP) (0.3% concentrate) as a hatchery sanitizer in decontaminating microbial populations on the shell surface of hatching eggs (>18 d old), as well as its impact on hatchability and chick performance. Hatchers (0.20 m(2)) designed to hold approximately 50 eggs and equipped with circulation fans, heaters, and thermostats were used for the evaluation...
December 5, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895903/deliberate-exposure-of-humans-to-chlorine-the-aftermath-of-ebola-in-west-africa
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Shaheen Mehtar, Andre N H Bulabula, Haurace Nyandemoh, Steve Jambawai
BACKGROUND: During the recent Ebola outbreak, spraying of the environment and humans, including healthcare workers, with chlorine was wide spread in affected African countries; adverse clinical effects are reported here. METHODS: A cross sectional survey by interview of 1550 volunteers consisting of 500 healthcare workers (HCW), 550 Ebola survivors (EVD) and 500 quarantined asymptomatic Ebola contacts (NEVD) was conducted. Demographics, frequency of exposure to chlorine, clinical condition after chlorine exposure particularly eye, respiratory and skin conditions were noted...
2016: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869691/bacterial-biotransformation-of-pentachlorophenol-and-micropollutants-formed-during-its-production-process
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Eglantina Lopez-Echartea, Tomas Macek, Katerina Demnerova, Ondrej Uhlik
Pentachlorophenol (PCP) is a toxic and persistent wood and cellulose preservative extensively used in the past decades. The production process of PCP generates polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) as micropollutants. PCDD/Fs are also known to be very persistent and dangerous for human health and ecosystem functioning. Several physico-chemical and biological technologies have been used to remove PCP and PCDD/Fs from the environment. Bacterial degradation appears to be a cost-effective way of removing these contaminants from soil while causing little impact on the environment...
November 17, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835856/respiratory-ocular-and-skin-health-in-recreational-and-competitive-swimmers-beneficial-effect-of-a-new-method-to-reduce-chlorine-oxidant-derivatives
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Anton Gomà, Rosó de Lluis, Jordi Roca-Ferrer, Javier Lafuente, César Picado
BACKGROUND: Chlorine by-products may irritate the eyes, nose, skin and airways of swimmers and may cause chronic airway inflammation. OBJECTIVE: To assess the salutary effects on swimmers health of a new method of water disinfection. METHODS: Recreational (n=320) and competitive swimmers (n=53) participated in the study. The first part of the study (Phase A) was carried out while using the current standard method. The second part (Phase B) began 8 weeks after the new method had been introduced...
January 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817926/voc-characteristics-and-inhalation-health-risks-in-newly-renovated-residences-in-shanghai-china
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Haixia Dai, Shengao Jing, Hongli Wang, Yingge Ma, Li Li, Weimin Song, Haidong Kan
BACKGROUND: Exposure to indoor VOCs is expected to link to a variety of negative health outcome. The popularity of decorations and refurbishment in homes in China has given rise to indoor elevated VOC levels, potentially posing health threats to residents. METHODS: In this study, concentrations of 101 VOC compounds and associated health risks were investigated in newly renovated homes in Shanghai. The potential excess inhalation health risks from home exposure of 17 health-related VOCs were estimated by the Inhalation Unit Risk (IUR) and Reference Concentration (RfC) proposed by US EPA...
January 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815848/annual-variations-and-effects-of-temperature-on-legionella-spp-and-other-potential-opportunistic-pathogens-in-a-bathroom
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Jingrang Lu, Helen Buse, Ian Struewing, Amy Zhao, Darren Lytle, Nicholas Ashbolt
Opportunistic pathogens (OPs) in drinking water, like Legionella spp., mycobacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and free-living amobae (FLA) are a risk to human health, due to their post-treatment growth in water systems. To assess and manage these risks, it is necessary to understand their variations and environmental conditions for the water routinely used. We sampled premise tap (N cold = 26, N hot = 26) and shower (N shower = 26) waters in a bathroom and compared water temperatures to levels of OPs via qPCR and identified Legionella spp...
November 4, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785718/detection-of-genotoxic-effects-of-drinking-water-disinfection-by-products-using-vicia-faba-bioassay
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Yu Hu, Li Tan, Shao-Hui Zhang, Yu-Ting Zuo, Xue Han, Na Liu, Wen-Qing Lu, Ai-Lin Liu
Plant-based bioassays have gained wide use among the toxicological and/or ecotoxicological assessment procedures because of their simplicity, sensitivity, low cost, and reliability. The present study describes the use of Vicia faba (V. faba) micronucleus (MN) test and V. faba comet assay in the evaluation of the genotoxic potential of disinfection by-products (DBPs) commonly found in chlorine-disinfected drinking water. Five haloacetic acids and three halogenated acetonitriles were chosen as representatives of DBPs in this study because they are of potentially great public health risk...
October 26, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755553/fears-and-misperceptions-of-the-ebola-response-system-during-the-2014-2015-outbreak-in-sierra-leone
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Thespina Yamanis, Elisabeth Nolan, Susan Shepler
BACKGROUND: Future infectious disease epidemics are likely to disproportionately affect countries with weak health systems, exacerbating global vulnerability. To decrease the severity of epidemics in these settings, lessons can be drawn from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. There is a dearth of literature on public perceptions of the public health response system that required citizens to report and treat Ebola cases. Epidemiological reports suggested that there were delays in diagnosis and treatment...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27722057/triclosan-in-water-implications-for-human-and-environmental-health
#18
L W B Olaniyan, N Mkwetshana, A I Okoh
Triclosan (TCS) is a broad spectrum antibacterial agent present as an active ingredient in some personal care products such as soaps, toothpastes and sterilizers. It is an endocrine disrupting compound and its increasing presence in water resources as well as in biosolid-amended soils used in farming, its potential for bioaccumulation in fatty tissues and toxicity in aquatic organisms are a cause for concern to human and environmental health. TCS has also been detected in blood, breast milk, urine and nails of humans...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27706898/do-environmental-pollutants-increase-obesity-risk-in-humans
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REVIEW
Y Wang, K Hollis-Hansen, X Ren, Y Qiu, W Qu
OBJECTIVES: Obesity has become a global epidemic and threat to public health. A good understanding of the causes can help attenuate the risk and spread. Environmental pollutants may have contributed to the rising global obesity rates. Some research reported associations between chemical pollutants and obesity, but findings are mixed. This study systematically examined associations between chemical pollutants and obesity in human subjects. METHODS: Systematic review of relevant studies published between 1 January 1995 and 1 June 2016 by searching PubMed and MEDLINE®...
December 2016: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697345/investigation-of-chlorinated-solvent-pollution-with-resistivity-and-induced-polarization
#20
Charlotte J Sparrenbom, Sofia Åkesson, Sara Johansson, David Hagerberg, Torleif Dahlin
Globally, an enormous number of polluted areas are in need of remediation to prevent adverse effects on health and environment. In situ remediation and especially the monitoring thereof needs further development to avoid costly and hazardous shipments associated with excavation. The monitoring of in situ remediation actions needs easier and cheaper nondestructive methods for evaluation and verification of remediation degree and degradation status of the contaminants. We investigate the Direct Current resistivity and time-domain Induced Polarization tomography (DCIP) method and its use within the context of a DNAPL (Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids) contaminated site in Varberg, Sweden, where an in situ remediation pilot test has been performed by stimulated reductive dechlorination by push injection...
January 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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