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Assessment of the Oral Bioavailability of Organic Contaminants in Humans

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Publication date9/07/2020
Host publicationBioavailability of Organic Chemicals in Soil and Sediment
EditorsJose Julio Ortega-Calvo, John Robert Parsons
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages28
ISBN (electronic)9783030579197
ISBN (print)9783030579180
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameHandbook of Environmental Chemistry
ISSN (Print)1867-979X
ISSN (electronic)1616-846X


Bioavailability estimates the actual internal uptake or absorption of contaminants that enter the body (internal dose) and helps in providing a more accurate estimation of the human risks than the usage of total concentration. This is important for exposure assessment for children in relation to their hand-to-mouth activities. For example significant reductions of the bioavailability of long-term contaminated soils have been demonstrated using various animal models. The measurement for bioavailability involves various uncertainties for organic contaminants. It is crucial to determine the parameters that influence the results of bioavailability. This chapter provides a summary of the current state of knowledge for the determination of bioavailability for a range of organic contaminants. The information provided will be useful in facilitating further research efforts for the investigation of bioavailability of contaminants in conducting exposure assessments.