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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.

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Preface

The aim of the Nordic environmental screening is to obtain a snapshot of the occurrence of potentially hazardous substances, both in regions most likely to be polluted as well as in some very pristine environments. The focus is on less known, anthropogenic substances and their derivatives, which are either used in high volumes or are likely to be persistent and hazardous to humans and other organisms. In this study the occurrence of selected plasticisers in environmental samples from the Nordic countries has been investigated. This was done to gain experience in environmental screening of this kind of substances and provide a better knowledge of plasticisers in the environment. If the substances subjected to screening are found in significant amounts this may result in further investigations or monitoring on national level and measures to reduce contamination.

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