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Foodborne Chemicals

Chemicals and chemical reactions are an integral part of everyday life. Photosynthesis occurs in plants, acids aid digestion, buffers balance the pH of blood, and, of course, industry uses many chemical reactions to produce modern products. However, more and more potentially toxic chemicals are becoming concentrated in our environment due to the continued and rapid industrialization of the world.

Products of industry, whether byproducts of manufacturing, such as heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), or finished products, such as antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, batteries, fuels, and electronic equipment, are all potential toxins. Ground and surface waters used for drinking and fishing, soil used for agriculture purposes, and farmed animals raised with growth/production stimulators are all potential reservoirs of chemicals that can harm human health.

 

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