Selected Plasticisers and Additional Sweeteners in the Nordic Environment

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The report Selected plasticisers and additional sweeteners in the Nordic Environment describes the findings of a Nordic environmental study. The study has been done as a screening, that is, it provides a snapshot of the occurrence of selected plasticisers and sweeteners, both in regions most likely to be polluted as well as in some very pristine environments. The plasticisers analysed were long chained phthalates and adipates, and the sweeteners analysed were aspartame, cyclamate and sucralose. The purpose of the screening was to elucidate levels and pathways of hitherto unrecognized pollutants. Thus the samples analysed were taken mainly from sewage lines, but also in recipients and biota, both in assumed hot-spot areas and in background areas.



Frame of the study

The occurrence and the environmental risk of chemicals are prioritized issues in several international legislative acts (e.g. the EUs Water framework directive, Registration Evaluation Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH), Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Convention on long-range trans-boundary air pollution– LRTAP) and there is a focus on “emerging” chemicals in different research and monitoring programs.


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