Predicting children's short-term exposure to pesticides: results of a questionnaire screening approach.

Ken Sexton, John L. Adgate, Lynn E Eberly, C. Andrew Clayton, Roy W. Whitmore, Edo D. Pellizzari, Paul J. Lioy, James J. Quackenboss

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Abstract

The ability of questionnaires to predict children's exposure to pesticides was examined as part of the Minnesota Children's Pesticide Exposure Study (MNCPES). The MNCPES focused on a probability sample of 102 children between the ages of 3 and 13 years living in either urban (Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN) or nonurban (Rice and Goodhue Counties in Minnesota) households. Samples were collected in a variety of relevant media (air, food, beverages, tap water, house dust, soil, urine), and chemical analyses emphasized three organophosphate insecticides (chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion) and a herbicide (atrazine). Results indicate that the residential pesticide-use questions and overall screening approach used in the MNCPES were ineffective for identifying and oversampling children/households with higher levels of individual target pesticides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-128
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental health perspectives
Volume111
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2003

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