What is it about?

The pesticide DDT is used to control malaria in many countries by killing mosquitoes. The chemical is very long-lived in the environment and can make its way into animals such as fish. Marine fish from Maputo Bay in Mozambique were found to contain DDT, with levels in some fish high enough to be a potential health risk to people eating them.

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Why is it important?

Chemicals in the environment are often an unseen health risk. A better understanding of their presence can help us to choose to eat more healthy food.


It is useful to monitor levels of chemicals in foods destined for human consumption.

Lesa Thompson

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This page is a summary of: Human Health Risk from Consumption of Marine Fish Contaminated with DDT and Its Metabolites in Maputo Bay, Mozambique, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, March 2018, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s00128-018-2323-7.
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