Filed under: chemicals, Water | Tags: endocrine disrupters, testing, Water Framework Directive
Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt in Frankfurt am Main, and the German Federal Institute of Hydrology have conducted tests on bottled water which have shown the presence of the endocrine disrutping chemical (EDC) di(2-diethyl hexyl) fumarate (DEHF).
Tests were carried out using bioassay which confirmed endocrine disrupting behaviour, followed by High Resolution Gas Chromatography Mass Spectometry (HR-GCMS) to identify the EDC substance itself.
Although the report does not indicate the levels of DEHC in the bottled water, so the risk cannot be easily estimated, many EDCs are known to be active at exceptionally low levels and can be considered not to have an threshhold value.
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