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Dioxins are one of the most toxic man-made compounds known and are persistent contaminants in the environment. The term dioxins generally refer to a family of related chemical compounds that include the chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and chlorinated dibenzofurans. Collectively, these groups of compounds belong to a class of compounds called polychlorinated diaromatic hydrocarbons (PCDH). PCDH have been extensively studied and are known to accumulate in animals causing toxic effects. Birth defects, immunotoxicity, tumor production, changes in metabolism and even death have all been observed as a result of exposure to PCDH.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals affect normal hormone responses in both humans and wildlife. Concern about these chemicals has increased worldwide as studies have suggested that these chemicals may be associated with global increases in testicular cancer, regional declines in sperm counts, altered sex ratios in wildlife populations, increases in the incidence of breast cancer and endometriosis, and accelerated puberty in females. 




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Green Facts - Facts on Health and the Environment

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA)

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