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Bioavailability of Ingested Aluminum

Complete balance studies using the 26Al tracer have been undertaken to determine bioavailability. These showed that the fractional uptake of aluminum following administration as a citrate solution was 0.005 and following its intake as hydroxide was 0.0001. The coadministration of citrate with aluminum hydroxide enhanced aluminum uptake by a factor of approximately 10. A later study measured the bioavailability of aluminum in drinking water, and a fractional uptake of 0.002 was determined. It follows that at a maximum concentration of aluminum in drinking water of 200 mg 1, this source will normally account for approximately 6 of total (non-medical) aluminum uptake.

Safeguards For Water Used In Parenteral Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Water used to manufacture WFI of necessity originates from a local water supply, such as a deep well or lake. Lake or surface water is known to contain higher levels of bacteria than deep well water sources. Prior to purification water contains a number of contaminants. coliforms, S. faecalis, and Clostridium sp. Stored water may grow any of the above organisms and favors (endotoxin-containing) gram negatives. Water systems must employ stored water at some point and require microbiological monitoring to prevent the occurrence of contamination. Gaining an accurate perspective of the microbiological quality of water from any given system requires that the frequency, points of sampling, and test methods should be carefully chosen and performed in a timely manner. Bacteria can multiply rapidly after gaining entry into a water distribution system at one of several points such as outlets used as sampling ports, and may proliferate in dead legs of pipes, pumps, hoses, outlets, and meters....

Nutrients and Algal Growth

It should, however, be realised that different algal species have different optimum nutrient requirements, resulting in changes in community structure with changes in nutrient ratios (Grobbelaar and House 1995). This is especially true for fresh water systems, where algal elemental composition seems to be more variable, with respect to the Redfield ratio, than in marine systems (Hecky et al. 1993).

River flow and the benthic community

In flowing water systems, the physical world is governed by water in motion (Paterson and Black, 1999). In models of river ecology, water flow is typically the dominant forcing function (or 'master variable') to which all other river processes and patterns can be traced - including changes in river morphology, distribution of organisms in time and space, and rates of energy transfer and material cycling. The primary importance of water flow in limiting the development of plankton (by displacement) and promoting dominance of benthic communities has already been mentioned. Microorganisms are present in the water column, however, and the flow characteristics of the main water body and the benthic region present distinct environments in the lotic system.

Case Study 21 Environmental Health Laboratory Middlesborough England

Some forms of environmental contamination are not, by their very nature, immediately apparent. This is particularly true when it is of microbial origin. The Environmental Health Laboratory of the Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough, is responsible for environmental microbial analysis. Materials most commonly examined are from water originating from the sea, rivers, spa pools, swimming pools and drinking water. They also analyse food in cases of suspected food poisoning and swabs from a variety of possibly contaminated surfaces. On receipt of samples at the PHLS, they are recorded with full details of time and place of sampling and are given identification codes. The laboratory insists that the specimens are transported in such a manner as to prevent bacterial multiplication. For some bacteria a resuscitation step is included to aid the recovery of damaged organisms. This can be important to ensure that all microbes present in...

Chemical Disinfecting Agents

Lister used phenol (carbolic acid) as a germicide in 1867. Although it is the parent compound of chemical disinfection, its use today is limited to substituted phenols, eg, the feis-phenols used in germicidal soaps. Both chlorine (in the form of hypochlorite) and phenol were used to deodorize waste materials in the early 1800s, before Pasteur established the germ theory of infection and putrefaction. The use of disinfectant chemicals began in clinical surroundings in the late nineteenth century. In 1908 the first large-scale use of chlorine (chloride of lime) in water purification started in Chicago, and its use for this purpose spread rapidly. Yet disinfectants were not readily accepted in food production until the 1940s, when hypochlorite treatment was permitted in the dairy industry as an alternative to steam sterilization. The range of antimicrobial chemical agents has been comprehensively reviewed (2).

Distillation Terminology

In distillation terminology, stripping refers to the recovery of a volatile component from a less volatile substance. Again, referring to the ethyl alcohol water system, stripping is done in the first column below the feed point where the alcohol enters at about 10 by weight and the resulting liquid from the column base contains less than 0.02 alcohol by weight. This is known as the stripping section of the column. This technique does not increase the con-

Appendix How to Calculate Water Activity in Aqueous Organic Mixtures Using Wilson Coefficients

Where Vs and Vw are the molar volumes (molecular weight divided by pure liquid density) of organic solvent and water, respectively. Xws-Xww and Xsw-Xss are the Wilson coefficients for that solvent -water system, R is the gas constant (8.314 J molK ) and T is absolute temperature.

Estimation of microbial numbers

Petroff Hausser Cell Cytometry

Viable cell counts can also be made using liquid media, in the most probable number (MPN) technique (Box 5.2). Here, a series of tubes containing a broth are inoculated with a sample of a progressively more dilute cell suspension, incubated, and examined for growth. The method is based on the statistical probability of each sample containing viable cells. It is well suited to the testing of drinking water, where low bacterial densities are to be expected.

Tips for Walking During the First Trimester

Wear proper walking shoes so that your feet get the support they need, particularly around the ankles and arches. Wear a sun hat and carry a spray bottle of water for cooling off during the summer. The heat from the sun can drain you and stress your body to the point that you become prone to having a seizure. Bring drinking water with you to prevent dehydration. Consider mall walking as an alternative during hot weather. (But do not spend too much money while you are at the mall )

United States Regulations

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates drinking water contaminants under provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act. For noncarcinogenic drinking water contaminants, allowable levels are set to ensure that a fraction of the ADI is not exceeded. For carcinogenic drinking water contaminants, it has been recognized that zero risk is not technologically attainable. As an alternative, maximum containment levels are established at the lowest technologically feasible levels these typically result in lifetime cancer risks in the order of 1 in 100,000 or lower, but risks for some chemicals at the maximum containment level exceed 1 in 100,000 (8). Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (1948, amended 1972, 1975, 1978) Safe Drinking Water Act (1974, amended 1977, 1996)

Helicobacter pylori infection

Preventive strategies using various probiotics have shown favourable effects in animal models of H. pylori infection. The first two studies presented a highly protective and therapeutic effect of oral administration of L. salivarius on an H. pylori infected gnotobiotic (raised in germ-free conditions or contain only specific microbes) BALB c mice model (Kabir et al., 1997) and a gnotobiotic murine model (Aiba et al., 1998). Similarly, Coconnier et al. (1998) reported that L. acidophilus strain LB was able to protect against H. pylori infection in conventional mice. Inhibition of stomach colonization by H. felis (closely related to H. pylori) was observed and no evidence of gastric histopathological lesions was found. Recently, probiotic combination containing L. acidophilus R0052 and L. rhamnosus R0011 reduced the effects of H. pylori infection in a C57BL 6 mice model through reducing H. pylori colonization and ameliorating H. pylori-induced inflammation of the stomach (Johnson-Henry...

Detection And Classification Of Giardia 231 Detection Methods

In contrast to the clinical specimens, the microscopic detection of Giardia cysts in source or finished water and in fresh produce is still a significant challenge. Currently, testing for the occurrence of Giardia in surface water to be used by drinking water treatment plants is mandatory under the 1996 amendment of the Safe Drinking Water Act. To meet this mandate, in 1999 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a validated procedure that involved immunomagnetic recovery of Giardia cysts followed by IFA microscopy. The test is known as US EPA Method 1623 for the detection of Giardia and Cryptosporidium. As a consequence, there has been an increase in the availability of validated tests for the detection of Giardia cysts and Cryptosporidium oocysts. While these tests were developed for water testing, several of these methods have been adapted for detecting both parasites in food matrices.

Disruption of GProtein Signaling Causes Disease

T Biochemical studies of signal transductions have led to an improved understanding of the pathological effects of toxins produced by the bacteria that cause cholera and pertussis (whooping cough). Both toxins are enzymes that interfere with normal signal transductions in the host animal. Cholera toxin, secreted by Vibrio cholerae found in contaminated drinking water, catalyzes the transfer of ADP-ribose from NAD+ to the a subunit of Gs (Fig. 12-39), blocking its GTPase activity and thereby rendering Gs permanently activated. This results in continuous activation of the adenylyl cyclase of intestinal epithelial cells and chronically high cAMP , which triggers constant secretion of CD, HCOjT, and water into the intestinal lumen. The resulting dehydration and electrolyte loss are the major pathologies in cholera. The pertussis toxin, produced by Bordetella 'pertussis, catalyzes ADP-ribosylation of Gi, preventing displacement of GDP by GTP and blocking inhibition of adenylyl cyclase by...

Most aroma compounds readily dissolve in lipids

Dilution of aqueous continuous phase modifies concentration of each individual aroma components to a particular extent in water and oil. Observed patterns are quite different from one compound to the other, but there is a clear cut between hydrophilic and hydrophobic components. To finish with rebuttal of apparent concentration, Land (1996) reported that higher concentrations of volatiles are consistently released in the headspace by biphasic oil water systems as the primitive two layers configuration is turned into an emulsion. Sensible estimation of flavour potential of foods must rely on the array of partial pressures developed in the liquid phases by the solutes rather than just stick to the listing of apparent concentrations.

Maximum residue limits

Maximum levels of pesticides are also set for drinking water. Pesticides get into water from spraying, runoff, percolation or from treatment of fish in aquaculture. Good practice is increasingly being developed to minimize the levels in raw water and treatment works are developing systems to reduce incoming levels to levels acceptable for drinking water.

Epidemiology Waterborne Disease

There are 215,000 water systems in the United States classified as public systems that are regulated under the Safe Water Drinking Act and the Surface Water Treatment Rule.2 These regulations require water utilities to disinfect surface water and groundwater by using parameters such as turbidity, coliform counts, and the presence of human enteric viruses and Giardia lamblia cysts as target organisms to assess efficacy of treatment.2 The surveillance system for waterborne-disease outbreaks is similar to that for foodborne illnesses. Criteria for a waterborne outbreak is the presence of a similar illness in two or more people after the ingestion of drinking water or after exposure to water used for recreational purposes. Epidemiologic evidence must implicate water as the probable source of infection. 2 The CDC identified 30 outbreaks of waterborne disease in the United States associated with drinking water causing illness in 405,366 people from 1993 to 1994. 2 A single outbreak of...

Physical Chemical Indicators

As a practical matter, there is a need for some real-time measures of the microbial quality of drinking water and the effectiveness of disinfection. Tests that take several days, or in some cases even several hours, may be too slow to indicate that a problem has occurred during treatment. By that time a drinking water may already have been consumed, or a wastewater already discharged. The turbidity (cloudiness) of a water can serve as one useful measure, since it can indicate failure of previous treatment steps, and since the small particles imparting turbidity might harbor pathogens. The chlorine residual (concentration of active chlorine products remaining in the system) may also be of use where chlorination for disinfection is practiced. As another example, during autoclaving (moist heat sterilization) of some laboratory and hospital supplies, tape impregnated with a heat-sensitive chemical can be used to indicate that the appropriate temperature was maintained.

Assessment Of Nutritional Status

Many scientific innovations to increase food productivity have been proposed and practiced, most especially the green revolution. More attention is now paid to environmental issues and problems such as water distribution, energy photosynthesis, land limitations and degradation, salinity and drought resistance, reduced postharvest losses, and the role of biotechnology (5,6). Nevertheless, improved nutrition for many is probably more related to uneven distribution of people's rights to land and to water unequal access to labor, credit, and tools and inequalities in the control over the results of food production (7). Poverty remains the major determinant of food insecurity and poor health (2). Thus agriculture can have a twofold role for improving nutrition the first is obvious and follows from the production of food of the desired quality and quantity. The second role, highly significant in low-income countries, is in providing employment and income for the poor. International agencies...

Disinfection And Treatment

Person-to-person transmission of legionellosis has not been published. Therefore, prevention of Legionella infections refers to the elimination of the pathogen from water supplies. Several methods for controlling the growth of legionellae in drinking water (superheating, ultraviolet

Control And Treatment

Since Giardia is primarily transmitted through the fecal-oral route, one of the major vehicles for transmission is contaminated drinking water. The water supply systems may become contaminated by the introduction of sewage or animal activity in their The filtration of drinking water supplies is accomplished by removing par-ticulate matter from water by passage through porous media. A large number of filtration technologies are utilized for this purpose, including diatomaceous earth filtration, slow sand filtration, and coagulation filtration. There are several types of coagulation-filtration practices that include conventional filtration, direct filtration, and in-line filtration. It has been estimated that all of the above filtration methods can remove 99 of the Giardia cysts from raw water, provided they are operated and maintained properly (Logsdon, 1988). Since filtration can reduce, but not necessarily eliminate the levels of contaminants in water, disinfection is an additional...

Hematopoietic Stem Cells

Contributions of GFP+ cells to the peripheral blood were then monitored by flow cytometry, and specific lymphoid and myeloid cell populations were scored by antibody staining against specific cell surface differentiation antigens, by forward and side scatter properties, and by direct microscopic examination of cells cyto-centrifuged onto cover slips. In these experiments, both STAT5 and HoxB4-expressing cells engrafted in mice and generated both lymphoid and myeloid populations in circulating blood. Interestingly, contributions of the S7AT5-stimulated cells appeared to be transient, despite continued gene induction in vivo (through inclusion of doxy-cycline in the drinking water of the mice). Engraftment with HoxB4-expressing cells persisted in primary animals even in the absence of gene induction, and the cells of primary animals could be transplanted into secondary animals, suggesting self-renewal of a long-term reconstituting hema-topoietic stem cell. Examination of peripheral...

Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters As Markers Of Ethanol Intake

Because of the long half-life of FAEEs in adipose tissue, it was suggested that FAEE in adipose tissue could be a laboratory marker for previous alcohol intake, particularly for forensic applications where adipose tissue samples can be readily obtained. In postmortem samples from four chronically intoxicated subjects whose blood ethanol levels were zero, it was demonstrated that prior ethanol ingestion could be established by the presence of FAEEs in the adipose tissue (Laposata, 1989). In this report, a separate series of experiments determined the half-life of FAEEs to be 16.6 h in the adipose tissue of rabbits that received 10 ethanol in their drinking water for 10 mo.

Transmission And Epidemiology 351 Cyclospora

Results from studies to determine waterborne transmission of Cyclospora are controversial. The first report came from Nepal, where contaminated chlorinated water was identified as the source of Cyclospora infections between expatriates in Nepal (Rabold et al., 1994). A retrospective epidemiological investigation of an outbreak within a hospital in IL identified drinking water as the source of infection (Huang et al., 1995). A prospective epidemiological study in Haiti (Lopez et al., 2003) reported variations in the percentage of cases of Cyclospora infections, from 12 to 1.1 between February and April 2001. One artesian well was positive prior to this study however, none of the wells was positive thereafter. Therefore, no epi-demiological associations were established between infections and water sources.

Cultural Overview

Most Nepalis live in small farming villages, and those with land plant main crops of rice and wheat, supplemented by corn, millet, vegetables, legumes, fruit trees, and tobacco. Nepali villages generally do not have running water or electricity inside the homes. Water taps and wells are shared by the community for drinking water, for bathing, and for washing clothes. The number of families with outdoor latrines is increasing in Nepali villages, though the majority of people use river and creek beds as their toilets.

CholeraA Water Borne Disease

The practically invisible bacterium Vibrio cholerae made millions of people sick and die before it was first recognized in 1503 (Kiple, 1993). Easily transmitted through water and food, sudden large outbreaks of cholera can occur through fecal contamination of a water supply. Cholera outbreaks are often associated with a breakdown in sanitary conditions such as those following a hurricane or flood where drinking water systems are contaminated with fecal matter as pipes break and raw sewage spills out. Political and economic forces are also implicated in the spread of cholera its spread is most often associated with inadequate sanitation and hygiene conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO, 2001) estimates that every 8 seconds a child dies of a water-related disease and probably more than five million people die from diseases associated with contaminated water and poor sanitary conditions. Cholera and other water-borne and water-washed illnesses are particularly relevant for...

Control of Raw Materials

Excipient GMPs require the use of a suitable quality of water in the manufacture of excipient ingredients. Potable water is required wherever water comes into contact with the materials during processing especially the finished excipient molecule. It is preferable to receive potable water from a municipal authority, which would then have responsibility for demonstrating the water meets Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements for potable drinking water. Otherwise the manufacturing site would have to self-certify conformance to the EPA standard by periodic testing of the water. Whether purchased from a municipality or self-certified, water should be periodically tested, at least annually, at the point(s) of use to demonstrate that it meets the microbiological requirements for potable water. Water that is used in the process for such operations as external heating or cooling need not be of potable quality.

Portable analytical instrumentation in process monitoring

There are various applications in which an electronic nose may be used. For example, to monitor the characteristic odour generated by a manufactured product (e.g., drink, food, tobacco, soaps). The electronic nose research group has considerable experience in the analysis of coffee odours (e.g., roasting level and bean type), lager beer odours (lager type and malodours) as well as having analysed tobaccos, spirits, wines, transformer oils, plastics and drinking water. More recent work is on the use of e-noses for medical diagnostics and biotechnology.

Why Biotransformations in Suspensions

Generally, in low-water systems, the rate of mass transfer from the solid to liquid phase is the factor that limits the space-time yield, and pH shifts can be difficult to control by conventional procedures used in (bio)chemical engineering. The aim of this chapter is to provide the reader with guidelines and tools to achieve optimal water content and buffer capacity, when performing biotransformations in suspensions involving low-molecular-weight substrates.

Physical origins of specificity

Current estimates may be summarized as follows. 1 s Van der Waals or dispersion repulsion (London) interactions probably constitute most of what is termed shape complementarity in binding, in that they would penalize intermolecular contacts that provide either overlap of atoms, or cavities, either directly or through induced strain. Well-packed contact regions at antigen-antibody interfaces, though, are probably not much more favorable than the antibody solvent and antigen solvent contacts experienced by the free component of the complex. Surface tension data from organic liquid water systems shows that the work of adhesion between hydrocarbon and water interfaces is essentially the same as that between two hydrocarbon interfaces. Furthermore, dispersion forces are relatively small in magnitude, and their possible differences amount to even smaller magnitudes. 2) The hydrophobic effect is the major stabilization factor of complex formation contributing, according to various estimates,...

Sources of Salt Intake

Various approaches to measuring the daily salt intake in individuals have been tried. Salt comes from (1) natural products (2) salt added during industrial processing (3) salt from catering (4) other sodium-containing sources (5) discretionary use of salt in cooking and table salt and (6) sodium in drinking water. Traditional methods of estimating salt intake, e.g., with economic data, lead to marked errors and usually substantial overestimates. These have now been replaced by more modern methods.

Pa Supplementationendogenous Versus Exogenous

Because wheat bran is one of the richest dietary sources of PA, some studies 17,44,45 , have used it in dietary models of PA intake. However, the use of wheat bran as a source of PA compared to addition of pure PA to a purified animal diet or drinking water brings out the issue of endogenous versus exogenous sources of PA. Due to its chemical properties, pure exogenous PA in the diet can interact with other food components. For example, it may form complexes with the mineral, protein or starch components in the diet 12 . Pure PA given in the drinking water may also interact with other food components provided that it is consumed concurrently with diet. If the animal consumes its water and food at different time periods, then the interaction of the pure PA in the drinking water with other components of the diet may be minimized. However, endogenous PA present within the matrix of a high-fiber food source such as wheat bran, may not be able to interact with other dietary components or...

Test Apparatus And Conditions

The cooling-tower operating characteristics are summarized in Table 3. The 140,000-gpm system had two 1600-gpm sidestream filters. Filter backwash accounted for most of the blowdown. The makeup water for the cooling-water system came from several sources and was clarified with alum outside the plant. The water treatment used is as follows

Control Of Cryptosporidium Contamination In Water And Food

A combination of filtration and disinfection is required for controlling Cryp-tosporidium oocysts in water, which also helps to reduce the contamination in foods and beverages. Physical removal of oocysts from drinking water through coagulation, sedimentation, and filtration is the primary defense against waterborne cryptosporidiosis (Rose, 1997). Deficiencies in any one of these processes have been shown to directly affect the efficiency of overall oocyst removal (Medema et al., 2003). Properly operated conventional treatment (coagulation floccation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection) can remove 99 or more of oocysts (Hashimoto et al., 2001 Hijnen et al., 2004 Hsu and Yeh, 2003). One of the critical times when oocysts can breach the filtration barrier is following backwash (Karanis et al., 1996). For this reason, optimization of the backwash procedure, including the addition of coagulants, or filtering of waste can minimize the passage of oocysts.

Soldier Science Directorate

The Biohazard Assessment and Control Branch of the Biological Sciences Division studies the nutritional adequacy and stability of rations and the microbiological quality of military rations stored for varying lengths of time under a wide range of temperature and humidity levels. The research focus is on developing preservative systems that minimize oxidative events causing membrane damage during processing or storage. Other projects are directed toward developing a nonanimal assay to aid in the selection of fats for use in energy-dense military foods, improved thermal processing techniques using combinations of pH, water activity, and preservatives to prevent microbial growth in current and future combat ration components, and water extraction, recovery, and generation concepts for enhanced ability to supply potable drinking water under combat feeding conditions.

Background And Historical Significance

Although food microbiology is a relatively young scientific field, foodborne and waterborne pathogens have been recognized for almost 200 years. Vibrio chol-erae consists of several serogroups, with V. cholerae Ol being the etiologic agent of the disease cholera, which has been documented as far back as 1817, the time of the first known pandemic. In 1854, the organism was first described and the connection between cholera and drinking water was hypothesized. The hypothesis was later proven, when in 1883 Robert Koch sampled suspect pond water and isolated the bacillus (Murray et al., 1999). In 1992, the serogroup V. cholerae 0139 Bengal was identified during an epidemic in India. In addition to these serogroups, other non-01 0139 V. cholerae have been identified and are collectively referred to as nonagglutinating vibrios (NAGs) (Jay, 2000). It is estimated that toxigenic V. cholerae are responsible for 49 cases of foodborne disease in the United States annually, with a case fatality...

Poultry Manure Treatment And Utilization

Chicken Litter Storage Methane Alarm

Manure application that exceeds a crop's ability to take up N may threaten water quality. Nitrogen as nitrate is a highly mobile compound that may cause human and animal health problems if drinking water concentrations are greater than 10 mg l. Soil P enrichment occurs as a result of overfertilization with P. Phosphorus applied to fields as inorganic fertilizer or from manure can move into bodies of water through erosion and runoff events and can accelerate eutrophica-tion (the natural aging process of lakes and streams), leading to excessive algae growth, oxygen deficiency, and fish mortality.

Epidemiology And Transmission

Cryptosporidium infections normally start with the ingestion of infectious oocysts. This parasite has a worldwide distribution and is ubiquitously present in the environment. Humans can acquire Cryptosporidium infections through several transmission routes (Clark, 1999 Griffiths, 1998), such as direct contact with infected persons or animals, and consumption of contaminated water (drinking or recreational) or food. However, the relative role of each in the occurrence of Cryptosporidium infection in humans is unclear. Several studies in the United States and Europe have shown that cryptosporidiosis was more common in homosexual men than persons with other HIV-transmission categories (Hashmey et al., 1997 Hellard et al., 2003 Soave et al., 1984), indicating that direct person-to-person or anthroponotic transmission of cryptosporidiosis is common. Contact with persons with diarrhea has been identified as a major risk factor in sporadic Cryptosporidium infections in the United States,...

Soft Drink Production

The reason more beverage units are produced each year while the number of producing plants decreases is the advancement of beverage manufacturing technology. The industry has modernized in all aspects as it has developed larger and more efficient factories. Many related advances have combined to improve water purification, material handling, refrigeration, packaging speeds, warehousing, and transportation. The bottler of 1950 mixed a few bags of sugar to make 100 cases of 7 oz. bottles with a 32-station bottle filler filling about 150 bottles per minute. In 1998, the bottler mixes a tank truck of liquid sweetener to make 30,000 cases of 12 oz. cans with a 120-station can filler running at 2,000 cans per minute. He has automatic equipment to unload truckloads of empty cans to feed the conveyors and automatic equipment to load the finished product onto pallets, keeping several forklifts busy loading 15 semitrailer trucks to carry the product to market. Thanks to the interstate highway...

Daphnid Grazing Effectiveness Concept and Measurement

The algal biomass tends to develop exponentially during such a period, and a fast and an efficient grazing response by daphnids is necessary in order to slow down this exponential algal growth. In mesotrophic and eutrophic waters, effective daphnid control can mean the difference between the transition of an algal bloom phase to a clear- water phase or an extended algal bloom (see Fig. 2.9), with a consequent risk of a switch in the water system towards a more persistent turbid, eutrophicated state (according to Moss et al. 1996a and Scheffer 1998). Fig. 2.9. Critical period for the control of algal development by daphnid grazing. Effective daphnid grazing response will control and reduce the algal density down to a clear water phase, while ineffective daphnid grazing can result in extended exponential growth of algae towards a turbid water phase with a risk for the water system of a switch to a more persistent eutrophicated state Fig. 2.9. Critical period for the control of algal...

Poultry Manure Management Systems

Broiler and turkey houses use bedding to absorb excreta and drinking water. Yearly, five to six broiler flocks and three turkey flocks are raised in poultry barns. Manure around drinkers, also known as cake, is relatively high in moisture, requiring more frequent removal (between each flock), while the remaining low-density manure pack known as clean out is generally removed once every year. The manure and bedding removed from broiler and turkey houses is known as

Preclinical Toxicology Studies

The typical subchronic toxicology study will include a control group and at least three doses of the new compound. In cases where the new compound can be taken orally, it is usually introduced into the drinking water or food of the animals. In some cases, the taste or the mechanical properties of the compound cause the animals to reject it in food, and the material is force-fed by gavage. In cases where the test compound has to be injected, the control group is injected with the carrier. The highest dose used may be adjusted soon after the study begins to assure that

Prokaryotic Biodiversity And Prokaryotic Phylogenetics

After all, it is in their sheer numbers, not as individuals, that they are overwhelmingly effective, and it is by virtue of their numbers that their attributes are so quickly selected for, as demonstrated by an example of antibiotic resistance, briefly discussed in section Heterogeneity Conclusions. Therefore, the historical model of the prokaryote as a static, freestanding being is, more often than not, misleading as an aide to understanding prokaryotes and points to the fact that their boundaries and borders with one another maybe more dynamic and in flux than previously believed. The fortress format of bacterial growth can provide a formidable defense against both pharmaceutical manufacturing contaminant containment (i.e., in water systems) and against host-defense mechanisms.

Life Span and the Aging Process

This increase was likely due to several factors, but perhaps the most important was the improvement of sanitation, hygiene, and public health from 1900 to 1998. These improvements included purification of drinking water, treatment of wastewater, widespread vaccination, and improved access to health care. However, even as these sanitary measures were adopted, other elements of modern life emerged as strong influences on life span, such as diet, exercise, and socioeconomic status. Studies have shown that individuals who exercise regularly, eat a diet lower in saturated fats, and avoid unnecessary risk-taking live longer. This may be because such a lifestyle reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and cancer, the top causes of death in developed countries.

Clinical Features

A patient's medical and surgical history often assists in narrowing the differential diagnosis. For example, diarrhea resulting from malabsorption secondary to pancreatic exocrine insufficiency need not be considered in an otherwise healthy host. Conversely, the differential diagnosis for diarrhea is broadened for a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Medications commonly have diarrhea as a side effect or sequel. Is the patient taking medication that may have contributed to the diarrhea (e.g., antibiotics, lithium, chemotherapy, colchicine, and laxatives) Has the patient traveled outside the United States or to the countryside recently Rural hiking places the patient at risk for Giardia, particularly if water purification procedures were not strictly followed, and travel to Third World countries increases the chances of parasitic infection. Sexual and occupational histories are also important. A patient's sexual preference or occupation...

Safety And Wholesomeness

Capital costs for irradiation facilities depend on a number of variables, which will have different values for different enterprises. Main components common to all facilities include the biological shield, material conveyance system, source of ionizing energy, ventilation system, computer and operating software for the facility, and ancillary equipment (water purification and cooling). Depending on the required throughput capacity, type of plant, and degree of plant sophistication desired, capital cost for the irradiator could range between a low of perhaps 2 million (US) to possibly as high as 10 million with a median value of about 5 million. In addition, there will be a cost for land and warehouse requirements, which are site specific.

Methods For Immobilization

Enhanced catalyst stability due to protection by the cell membrane and the local microenvironment, and the ability to catalyze multistep enzymatic reactions, particularly those using cofactors that are otherwise difficult to regenerate. Disadvantages include the following the possibility of side reactions and hence less pure products and both substrate and product must be small enough to pass through the gel particles. Currently, immobilized cells are used either to catalyze simple conversions such as iso-merization or as growing immobilized cells to produce primary metabolites, for example, amino acids. Immobilized living cells can also be used to detoxify waste materials, for example, to remove nitrates from drinking water and to remove phenols from industrial wastewater (4).

The Concept of Infection

Humans can be infected by wild animals when hunting, during stay in wild environment contaminated with excrements, when drinking water or eating food that may be contaminated with excrements of wild animals. Birds can also be transmitters of infection (ornitosis, salmonellosis, etc.).

Dietary Contamination

Nickel and bismuth are not considered to be common dietary contaminants. Nickel is mainly inhaled as a dust by workers, whereas bismuth is mainly ingested in bismuth-containing medications such as Pepto-Bismol. Vegetables contain more nickel than other foods, and high levels of nickel can be found in legumes, spinach, lettuce, and nuts. Baking powder and cocoa powder may also contain excess nickel, possibly by leaching during the manufacturing process. Soft drinking water and acid-containing beverages can dissolve nickel from pipes and containers. Daily nickel ingestion can be as high as 1 mg (0.017mmol) but averages between 200 and 300 mg (3.4 and 5.1 mmol).

Carcinogenicity Tests Animal Bioassays

The basic approach for carcinogenicity testing involves administering the test material to two suitable animal species for a considerable proportion of their natural lifespan. Because of their small size and relatively short life expectancy, the rat and mouse are the species of choice, although the hamster is occasionally used. In the US, inbred strains of animals are widely used (the F344 rat and the B6C3F1 hybrid mouse), although out-bred strains are commonly used in Europe. To examine the carcinogenic potential of food components, the test substance is usually given in the diet, although in some circumstances administration may be in the drinking water or by gavage. The study continues until a certain proportion in one or other of the treatment groups has died or has been killed in a moribund state. As a minimum, 50 animals are allocated at random to each of the experimental groups, allowing a statistically significant carcinogenic effect to be detected if five animals in a test...

Evidence for a Role in Alzheimers Disease

The etiology of nonfamilial, sporadic AD is unknown. However, cases have been attributed to head injury and environmental factors, including aluminum. Involvement of aluminum in AD has been suggested because (1) of the similar symp-tomologies of AD and dialysis dementia (2) the administration of aluminum to animals produces histological changes within the brain that are, in some respects, similar to those seen in the brains of AD patients (3) of some reports indicating the presence of aluminum within the cores of senile plaques (4) of the results of some epidemiological studies that have linked AD incidence either with aluminum levels in drinking water or with its consumption as medicines and (5) a disease similar to AD is prevalent in some Pacific islands (Guam), where the levels of aluminum in soils and water are high.

Equilibrium and Change

When human activities (e.g., farming or building roads) disrupt the ecological niches of other fauna, subsistence changes may bring increased food security but also increased disease prevalence. On the one hand, the massive development projects of the last century have contributed to sharp increases in the incidence of previously endemic diseases. On the other hand, public health promotion of childhood immunization, nutritional supplements, improved water systems, and disease prevention have led slowly to the epidemiological transition of the 20th century, with lowered infant mortality and longer average life expectancy.

Potable Water Treatment

There are relatively few engineered applications for biological treatment within potable water systems. The rare exception to this is that of denitrifying processes intended to reduce excessive nitrate levels (i.e., above the regulated level of 10 mg L), as might be used in association with shallow groundwaters affected by regional farming and fertilization activities. In contrast to beneficial instances of biological treatment with potable waters, though, biology can, and in many instances often does, become a troublesome

Human Health Risk Assessment

Human health risk assessments are used for many regulatory purposes. These include the setting of standards and guidelines for drinking water and air quality and the determination of cleanup goals under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) or the Comprehensive Environmental Responsibility and Liability Act (CERCLA, the Superfund Act).

Nitrosamine Exposure And Human Cancer

Experimental studies provide evidence that the biological activity of iV-nitroso compounds in humans is not substantially different from that in experimental animals (1). In contrast to animal experiments, in which exposure (normally at high concentrations) to single 2V-nitroso compounds may induce cancer (2), human exposure (3,6,7,17) results via several different sources (eg, diet, occupational exposure, and tobacco consumption) at a wide range of different concentrations. Dose-response studies using experimental animals show that NDEA, NMOR, and NPYR continuously administered in drinking water at exposure levels of 0.075 mg L (0.075 ppm), 0.07 mg L, and 0.01 mg kg body weight d, respectively, are sufficient to induce a significant incidence of tumors. In animal carcinogenicity experiments, the absence of a lower no-effect threshold and the syncarcinogenic activity of low concentration combinations of AT-nitroso compounds at concentrations at which individual iV-nitrosamine...

Methods Open Surfaces

High pressure-low volume water systems, in which water is typically pumped at pressures up to 100 bar through a 15 nozzle, are widely used in the food industry. Water jets confer high mechanical energy, can be used on a wide range of equipment and environmental surfaces, are not limited to flat surfaces, will penetrate into surface irregularities, and can mix and apply sanitation chemicals. Soil removal does not necessarily increase linearly with pressure, as illustrated for a bacterial soil in Table 3, and may decrease. This is related to the water droplet size emerging from the nozzle, for which there will be an optimum size and hence impingement, for each soil type (24). Droplet size reduces with increasing pressure and pressures of around 50 bar are satisfactory for many operations. Care must be taken when using pressure washers as they are able to transfer soil and bacteria from one surface to another over large distances and may damage electrical installations or other delicate...

Carbon in Environmental Engineering and Science

It traditionally has been the organic carbon (along with pathogens) that was of the greatest concern in water pollution (Section 15.2.7), leading to the construction of wastewater treatment plants (Chapter 16) that focus on its removal. Management of wastewater treatment sludges often has stabilization of the organic material as a major objective. (Stabilization involves conversion of readily degradable materials to those that change only slowly see later in this subsection). Municipal solid waste management also must stabilize the organic material (e.g., by incineration or composting), or else deal with the consequences (e.g., attraction of vermin, settling, and leachate and gas production during landfilling). Similarly, with soil and groundwater contamination, it is often organic carbon that is the target of remediation. Undesirable tastes and odors in drinking water, and the formation of cancer-causing compounds during disinfection, are traceable to organic compounds present in the...

Modern and Recent Outbreaks

Cryptosporidiosis and Giardiasis The very large number of cases of cryptosporidiosis in the table results from a single major outbreak in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in which 403,000 people were infected, with 4400 hospitalized and 100 fatalities. Worldwide it is estimated that there may be 500 million cases per year. A major outbreak of both cryp-tosporidiosis and giardiasis also occurred in Sydney, Australia, in 1999, threatening the Summer Olympics held there the following year. Both protozoans form resistant resting stages (oocysts for Cryptosporidium, cysts for Giardia) that are highly resistant to disinfection. This has led to a requirement in the United States for filtration of all community water systems that utilize surface water sources. TABLE 12.5 Disease Outbreaks in the United States Associated with Drinking Water, 1993-2000 Type of Water System TABLE 12.5 Disease Outbreaks in the United States Associated with Drinking Water, 1993-2000 Type of Water System

About the Editors

Liss is a professor of applied microbiology in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University and is the Associate Dean (Research, Development and Science Programs) for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Liss holds adjunct professorships at the University of Toronto in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and Civil Engineering. Dr. Liss holds an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Western Ontario (1980) and graduate degrees in applied microbiology from the University of Saskatchewan (M.Sc, 1983 Ph.D., 1987). Dr. Liss currently leads research projects on the microbiology of wastewater treatment, water wells, and environmental biotechnology. His research is supported by awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the National Centres of Excellence, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Environment Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and a wide...

Nonfood Uses

Aluminum compounds are widely utilized by industry. They are used in the paper industry, for water purification, in the dye industry, in missile fuels, in paints and pigments, in the textile industry, as a catalyst in oil refining, in the glass industry, and as components of cosmetic and pharmaceutical preparations. Of these, the uses within the cosmetic pharmaceutical industry are of particular significance since they provide the most likely sources of aluminum uptake by the body.


Thyroglobulin is a polypeptide containing an average of 140 tyrosine residues. It is produced in the rough endoplasmic reticulum of the follicular cell and extruded into the follicular lumen. Iodination of tyrosine increases with increasing extracellular concentration of iodine to a maximal rate. Above a certain extracellular iodine concentration (about 25 ig dl), iodination of tyrosine is inhibited. This phenomenon, called the Wolff-Chaikoff effect, is the basis for acute treatment of hyperthy-roidism with exogenous iodine. The thyroid adapts to this high iodine level and escapes this inhibition within several days, so that this treatment is only temporarily effective. A minimum of 75 Jg of dietary iodine intake is required daily for adequate thyroid function. The average American ingests 500 ig per day primarily in drinking water, eggs, iodized salt, bread, milk, and seafood. It is absorbed as iodide ion (I-) after being reduced from inorganic iodine (I ). The normal thyroid...


The water used in soft drinks must be free of objectionable tastes, odors, or colors. It must be safe to drink and low in organic and mineral content. Most soft drink bottlers employ extensive water treatment to assure this primary ingredient is pure and suitable for their products. Although the water must meet federal drinking water standards, most bottlers go well beyond those specifications to assure stability in a complex beverage system that must be shelf stable for six months or more.

Decaffeinated Coffee

Up to the 1980s man-made organic solvents were commonly used. The caffeine is removed either by direct contact of solvent with the beans or by contact with a secondary water system that has previously removed the caffeine from the beans (13). In either case additional steaming or stripping is used to remove solvent from the beans. The beans are dried to their original moisture content of about 10 to 12 prior to roasting.

Top Down Control

In several studies, food web models have been developed with the aim of acquiring more insight into the underlying mechanisms of eutrophication in lakes. The models have been utilised as a tool for the management of eutrophicated water bodies (J0rgensen 1986). The relations between nutrients and phytoplankton growth are quite complex in shallow eutrophicated water systems. Removing nutrient sources will not always lead to an improvement of the water quality in eu-trophicated lakes and additional measures are usually needed. An improvement in the water quality of various shallow lakes was observed when combining nutrient reduction programmes with biomanipulation techniques (Moss et al. 1996a Lathrop et al. 1996). Daphnid grazing has proven to be a crucial process in the top down control of phytoplankton biomass and the maintenance of the water clarity over a number of years, and has therefore been an important aspect in the biomanipulation of eutrophicated lakes over the last few...

Purging Vessels

Bubbles, which then passed through the water, carrying away the volatile organic contaminants. These fritted vessels work well with clean samples, such as drinking water, but are not ideal for all samples. If the sample contains solid particles, they may clog the frit, making it difficult to clean, creating carryover and impairing the efficiency. For samples other than clear water, a needle or impinger arrangement is used (Fig. 3). The purge gas is introduced through a needle or thin tube, which projects below the surface of the water. While the bubbles are larger, and therefore the purging is a little less efficient than with a fritted sparger, the whole system is easier to clean and permits the use of simpler, even disposable sample vessels. This type of purging vessel is especially well suited for the analysis of foods, which contain many constituents that make samples foam, and almost certainly include solids, oils, and other contaminating materials. A further advantage of the...


The parasite is transmitted through the fecal oral route by ingestion of oocysts from water, food, or direct person-to-person or animal-to-person contact. 1 Water is the main route of transmission, including drinking water, wells, surface and ground water, rivers, lakes, and swimming pools. 7 Seepage of effluents from humans and cattle into drinking water supplies are the major risk factors for humans. The oocyst wall is highly resistant to environmental stresses. Oocysts can persist for up to 6 months in water and for 2-3 months in soil. Conventional chlorine inactivation strategies used in water treatment utilities are inefficient against this pathogen. Greater success in disinfection is obtained with combined disinfection


Acrylamide is considered by the International Agency for Research on Cancer to be ''probably carcinogenic to humans'' based on the results of several animal carcinogenicity studies. As a result, there has been widespread concern about the potential risks from exposure to acrylamide among industrial, manufacturing, and laboratory workers. Consumer exposure to acrylamide in treated drinking water has posed a much lower concern since drinking water is subject to special treatment techniques that control the amount of acrylamide in drinking water.


Perchlorate exists as an anion (CIO4 ) with a central chlorine atom surrounded by four oxygen atoms arranged in a tetrahedron. Perchlorate is manufactured in the United States and is used as the primary ingredient of solid rocket propellant. Perchlorate wastes from the manufacture and or improper disposal of perchlorate-containing chemicals are frequently detected in the soil and water. Levels of perchlorate have been detected in 58 California public water systems and in water samples from 18 states. The widespread water contamination by perchlo-rate and its potential to cause health effects in those consuming contaminated drinking water have led four US agencies the EPA, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration to request that the US National Academy of Sciences convene a study on ''Toxicological Assessment of Perchlorate Ingestion.''


Lead accumulates in the body and reaches especially high levels in the blood, bone marrow, and soft tissues as well as in skin, muscle, and bone. Sources of exposure are manufacturing processes releasing lead or lead compounds in the form of dust, smoke or steam. At one time, lead paint, lead pottery glazes, and lead pipes in water systems were major sources of lead poisoning. Today, automobile emissions and exposure to tetraethyl lead are the principal sources of lead poisoning.


However, humanly normal activities may not always be clearly distinguishable from culturally normal activities. Often people perform their normal human activities by carrying out certain social roles that are dictated by their cultural and physical environment. Susan Wendell (1996) points out that a woman with impaired vigor might be able to obtain drinking water in the way that is normal in western Canada (turning on a tap) but unable to obtain it in the way that is normal in rural Kenya (walking a long distance to a well twice daily). Consequently, the distinction between a disability and a handicap is not always sharp.

Targeted Behaviors

Not only has backward chaining been used to teach self-help skills to persons with developmental disabilities, it has also been successful in helping children with autism to learn to speak in short sentences. In addition, several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of backward chaining in treating children who refuse to eat or drink. For example, in 1996, Louis P Hagopian and colleagues used backward chaining as part of a procedure to treat a 12-year-old boy with autism and mental retardation who completely refused liquids. After obtaining a baseline measure of the boy's drinking and conducting a task analysis, backward chaining was implemented. In this case, drinking water from a cup was the target response, and the chain consisted of three segments (1) bringing the cup of water to the mouth, (2) accepting water into the mouth, and (3) swallowing. To implement this backward chain, the boy was first reinforced by being given access to a preferred activity for 90 sec when he...

Enforcement Problems

Unfortunately, the performance of those agencies is sometimes disappointing. The EPA's regulation of pesticides exemplifies the general problem. The EPA regulates pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The general public is exposed to pesticides primarily through residues in food and contamination of the groundwater that serves as a major source of drinking water. The EPA recognized in 1988 that forty-six pesticides contaminate groundwater solely as a result of normal agricultural use (Fultz, p. 3). However, a registered chemical can remain in use for up to fifteen years after it is discovered in groundwater before a decision is made about its continued use. An example is atrazine, a pesticide that is in widespread agricultural use (Fultz). For pesticides that already have been found to be toxic, the EPA has not lowered acceptable exposure through residues in food in light of additional exposure through drinking water.

Aspiration 19801990

During the 1970s, when politicians discovered that being in favor of the environment won votes, Congress enacted, among other statutes, the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA), the Endangered Species Act (CAA) of 1972, the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976. These laws were aspirational one might say, demagogic because they set lofty but often vague and

Evgeny N Vulfson

The majority of reactions in low-water systems are carried out using suspension of enzyme (free or immobilized) in organic solvents containing a certain amount of water. Optimization of water activity in such systems and the preparation of biocatalyst for use in organic solvents are discussed in detail in Part II (edited by Prof. Halling). However, as contributions combined in this part amply demonstrate, it is also possible to use alternative media to achieve full benefits of the low-water environment. For example, supercritical fluids, and especially CO2, have been successfully used to carry out synthetic reactions with hydrolytic and other enzymes (see Chapters 39, 44, and 46). The main attraction of SC-SO2 is that it can be easily and quantitatively removed from the product. In addition, the reaction can be run continuously with the recycle of SC-SO2, if required (Chapter 46), and it is possible to combine the biotransformation and product recovery step in a single robust...

Animal Assays

Several specific animal tests exist for the trichothecene mycotoxins. In the skin assay, a test solution is applied to the back skin of an experimental animal such as a rabbit, rat, or guinea pig, and the area is monitored for skin lesions. Sensitivities for this bioassay have been reported to be 0.1 jUg using T-2 toxin (180). Another trichothecene bioassay involves the rejection or acceptance of drinking water by mice (181). The test sample is dissolved in distilled water that is presented to mice. The volume of the contaminated water consumed by the animals is compared with the volume of control water consumed. A positive test occurs when the mice refuse to drink, indicating the presence of trichothecene.


One of the oldest forms of antimicrobial treatment is that of heating, and in most cases this remains the preferred means of sterilisation, provided that it does not cause damage to the material in question. The benefits of boiling drinking water have been known at least since the 4th century bc, when Aristotle is said to have advised Alexander the Great to order his troops to take this precaution. This of course was many centuries before the existence of microorganisms had been demonstrated or perhaps even suspected.

Land Use Controls

Environmental land use controls aim to address development on sensitive land such as wetlands, coastal zones, floodplains, and wildlife habitat areas. Whereas various state and federal controls exist (such as the Clean Water Act), local governments are often responsible for their implementation. They are challenged to balance land development with present and future needs. For example, while a new residential development may increase the tax base, it may also strain the municipalities' drinking water

Tolerance Setting

The passage of the FQPA in 1996 has served to make the process for establishing tolerances for pesticides more complicated. Prior to FQPA, tolerances were established on a chemical-by-chemical basis and considered only dietary exposure to the chemical. FQPA stipulates that the EPA may establish tolerances only when the EPA assesses that the risks posed by pesticides represent a reasonable certainty of no harm with respect to both carcinogenic and noncarcinogenic risks. In determining whether the pesticides satisfy the reasonable certainty of no harm criteria, the EPA considers the aggregate exposure to the chemicals from dietary, drinking water, and residential sources as well as cumulative exposure from pesticides possessing a common mechanism of toxic action (such as the organo-phosphates), meaning that determinations may be made on entire families of chemicals rather than on a chemical-by-chemical basis. In addition, the EPA is required to consider applying an additional 10-fold...

Pyro Sense rFC Robot

A PAT system being developed by Cambrex is an in-line BET of water for injection and other clean water systems. The unit is piped into designated control points in the water loop and monitors the flow through the system. This is accomplished via internal robotic movement of consumables (reagents), which are compartmentalized into disposable cartridges consisting of three 96 well plates and sufficient tips and reagents to perform the associated standard curve and samples for each run. The system would make human sampling acts and infrastructure (i.e., containers and transportation) obsolete, including (i) pulling the sample, (ii) running the samples, (iii) reporting the samples, and (iv) flagging the samples that are out of alert limits. The unit is currently undergoing testing at various sites in the United States and Europe. Presumably, results obtained would avoid the error associated with bacterial growth that can occur with samples that are taken and held over time, thus giving a...

Other Religions

Jainism is an ascetic Asian religion whose adherents advocate ahimsa, or noninjury, both as an ethical and philosophical goal, and whose example has had a strong admonitory influence on non-Jains. The Jaina monastic community has a number of characteristic practices which evince an extreme regard for life. Monks carry a small brush with which they carefully sweep the floor before sitting or lying so as to avoid crushing any insects. They may wear masks to prevent inadvertent inhalation of small creatures, and strain their drinking water. Wild honey is avoided, as bees may be killed during its collection.


Exposure to lesser amounts of prenatal alcohol has also been reported to lead to the development of insulin resistance. Animals born to dams who consumed alcohol in their drinking water during pregnancy had exaggerated insulin responses to an oral glucose load at 90 days of age.35


The exposure of people to toxins in the workplace or in the environment can result in an unintentional, uncontrolled ''experiment.'' This kind of information can be exploited to find information that could not be found in the laboratory. Laboratory experiments often cannot reproduce the large number of exposures, and experiments with humans are closely constrained by ethical considerations. Epidemiology includes techniques to analyze ''natural experiments.'' These kinds of studies are termed observational, in contrast with experimental. For example, the effect of fluoride on humans can be studied by comparing the effect on populations with concentrations in their drinking water.


As will be discussed in more detail below, PA has been shown to be protective of a variety of cancers in many different in vitro and in vivo models. However, comparison of these studies is complicated by differences in the method of PA supplementation. A majority of the studies on PA and cancer have used either 1-2 pure PA supplemented to a low-fiber diet or added to the drinking water, while a limited number of studies used cereal brans as a source of naturally occurring PA. Which method of PA supplementation is more effective is not clear. Because animals eat various amounts of diet and drink varying volumes of water, those fed, for example, 1 PA in the diet, may be receiving different amounts of PA than animals consuming drinking water supplemented with the same percentage of PA, particularly because the addition of PA to the drinking water may also require adjusting the pH of the water to make it more palatable for the animals 18 . This issue is further complicated by the fact...

Wastewater treatment

Further purification procedures are required before it can be used as drinking water. Wastewater treatment is fundamental to any developed society, and greatly reduces the incidence of waterborne diseases such as cholera. Wastewater may come from domestic or commercial sources highly toxic industrial effluents may require pre-treatment before entering a water treatment system. Sewage is the term used to describe liquid wastes that contain faecal matter (human or animal).

Colon Cancer

IN VIVO STUDIES-PURE PA IN DRINKING WATER In in vivo studies, pure PA given in the drinking water has been shown to reduce the rate of colonic cell proliferation, an early biomarker of colon cancer risk, at early (four weeks) 22 and late (36-40 weeks) 23,24 time points (Table 14.1). It has also been shown to reduce various colon tumor parameters when given at either the initiation 14,25 or promotional stages 24,26 of colon carcinogenesis (Table 14.1). When administered to azoxymethane (AOM)-treated rats, up to five months post-initiation, PA (2 ) significantly reduced colon tumor number, size and mitotic rate, when compared to the control group 24 , suggesting that PA can have anticancer effects at both the initiation and promotion stages of colon cancer. Also, using 2 PA provided in the drinking water, Pretlow et al. 26 showed a reduced number of colon tumors and tumor volume (Table 14.1).


In measuring radiation, it is necessary to discriminate among emission, exposure, and dose. Emission is the rate at which particles are produced or energy is released. One disintegration per second is termed a becquerel (Bq). The curie (Ci) is defined as 1Ci 3.70 x 1010 Bq. Note that this is approximately the number of becquerels emitted by 1 g of radium. Historically, the Curie was defined in terms of radium decay, although now it is given the fixed value. Also, note that 1 curie emitted by different radionuclides can have different amounts of energy. Thus, the number of curies by itself does not indicate the amount of potential harm that might be caused by a radionuclide. Environmental concentrations of radionuclides are often expressed in picocuries 1 pCi 10 12Ci 0 037 Bq. For example, radon in drinking water is regulated in terms of pCi L. The U.S. EPA has proposed a maximum contaminant level for radon in drinking water of 300 pCi L and has an action level in ambient air of 4 pCi...

Mammary Cancer

Table 14.2 provides a summary of animal studies on the effect of endogenous or exogenous PA on mammary cancer and its early risk markers. In animal studies, dietary PA supplementation (1.2 ) reduced cell proliferation in the mammary gland 15 . The reductions were stronger when the PA was added to diets supplemented with high levels of iron and calcium, suggesting that PA was binding these cations and inhibiting their promotive effects. In mammary tumorigenesis studies, PA supplementation was initially shown to bring about a slight, nonsignificant decrease 53 . However, subsequent experiments 16,54 showed that pure PA, supplemented in the drinking water, effectively decreased tumor incidence in a dimethylbenzanthracene (DMBA) mammary tumor model. Since then, similar effects have been observed with pure PA provided in the diet 32,55 . The debate over endogenous versus exogenous PA discussed above for models of colon cancer has been addressed to an extent for models of mammary cancer by...


Residues of chemicals occur in foods as a result of the use of pesticides, drugs in food-producing animals, and food packaging materials. To ensure a safe food supply, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the safety of food by setting safety standards to limit the amount of pesticide residues that legally may remain in or on food or animal feed that is sold in the United States. The FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ensure compliance with these safety standards by monitoring domestic and imported foods. Annual reports summarizing the findings of pesticide monitoring programs are available from the USDA. The regulation of pesticides in food production is currently undergoing major reform because of the passage of the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) in August 1996. Major changes in pesticide residue safety standards resulting from the FQPA include a new safety standard based on a reasonable certainty of no harm consideration of aggregate exposure from...

Culture Systems

The heart of a recirculating water system is the biofilter, a device that contains a medium on which bacteria that help purify the water become established (Fig. 7). Fish and aquatic invertebrates produce ammonia as a primary metabolite. If not removed or converted to a less toxic chemical, ammonia can quickly reach lethal levels. Two genera of bacteria are responsible for ammonia removal in biofilters. The first, Nitrosomonas, converts ammonia (NH3) to nitrite (NO2 ). The second, Nitrobacter, converts nitrite to nitrate (no3 ). Nitrite is highly toxic to aquatic animals, although nitrate can be allowed to accumulate to relatively high levels. If both genera of bacteria are active, the conversion from ammonia through nitrite to nitrate is so rapid that nitrite levels remain within the safe range.

Hepatitis E virus

The primary source of infection is usually drinking water contaminated with water from a sewage system. Person-to-person contact has been noted as a very rare cause of transmission, and in a recent outbreak in India vertical transmission of HEV from infected mothers to infants during the third trimester of pregnancy was noted. Initial reports of HE epidemics failed to find cases of HE in pediatric populations however, the development of diagnostic tests have shown HEV is a common cause of acute hepatitis in this age group. The attack rate is highest in young to middle-aged adults between 15 and 40 years of age. While the seroprevalence of anti-HAV may approach 70-90 in young children in endemic areas, seroprevalence of anti-HEV is less than 10 in young children and approaches 40 in middle-aged adults. In most reported outbreaks there is no significant difference in the attack rate of HE between genders in the general population (1-15 ), but attack rates for pregnant women are...


Breathing air with very high levels of cadmium severely damages the lungs and can cause death. Breathing lower levels for years leads to a build-up of cadmium in the kidneys, which can cause kidney disease. Long-term oral exposure to cadmium leads to nephrotoxicity. Renal effects always occur before or with other effects. Other effects that may occur after breathing cadmium for a long time are lung damage and fragile bones. Workers who inhale cadmium for a long time may have an increased chance of getting lung cancer. There is no proof about mice or hamsters getting lung cancer on breathing cadmium. However, some rats that breathe cadmium develop lung cancer. In humans, breathing cadmium can affect the ability to have children or can harm unborn babies. Female rats and mice that breathe high levels of cadmium have fewer litters and the pups may have more birth defects than usual. Breathing cadmium causes liver damage and changes in the immune systems of rats and mice. Eating food or...


Populations have always been exposed to high arsenic levels in food, drinking water, wine, and other sources. Arsenic is found as inorganic and organic compounds. It is found naturally in rocks and soil worldwide, and industrial effluents contribute significant amounts. Arsenic is used in large quantities in the manufacture of glass to eliminate a green color caused by impurities of iron compounds. Arsenic is sometimes added to lead to harden it and is also used in the manufacture of such Exposure to inorganic arsenic in drinking water is associated with health risks related to the duration and level of exposure, particularly above 300 ppb. Acute poisoning is associated with vomiting, bloody diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm, esoph-ageal and abdominal pain, and sometimes death because of cardiopulmonary collapse. Classical syndromes of chronic arsenic exposure include hyperkeratosis, corns, and warts on the feet (blackfoot) and hands. Studies from Taiwan and Japan strongly suggest that...


The EPA has set a limit of 2 parts of mercury per billion parts of drinking water (2 ppb). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a maximum permissible level of 1 part of methyl mercury in a million parts of seafood (1 ppm). Three major scientific arms (fishing industry, government agencies, and scientific bodies) may also be on a collision course. Fish are a good low-cost, low-fat source of nutrition, rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. However, there is strong indication that children in utero are more sensitive than adult humans. This stance is supported by two large controlled longitudinal studies of effects of prenatal mercury exposure from seafood consumption on child neurodevelopment (Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean and Faroe Islands near Scotland). Large, long-lived predatory ocean fishes, such as tuna, swordfish, king mackerel, and shark, bioaccumulate methyl mercury in the edible portions.

Bacterial Infections

Toxigenic E. coli There are many strains of Escherichia coli that live normally in the intestines of humans and animals without causing disease. However, in the late 1960s, medical researchers began finding a number of enterotoxin-producing strains. In 1973, an acute outbreak of gastroenteritis at Japan's Nagoya airport, which affected 956 people, was linked to the presence of several such strains in a restaurant's drinking water supply. Two years later, the presence of another hazardous strain (E. coli O6 H16) in a natural spring caused more than 1000 cases of acute diarrhea at Oregon's Crater Lake National Park.


Like iron, manganese can impose objectionable tastes in waters at quite low concentrations, particularly with hot coffee and tea. Discoloration with manganese generates a pinkish color. To address these concerns, the secondary standard for drinking water has been set at 50 parts per billion. 13.7. Suppose that a finished drinking water contains 0.5 mg L ammonium nitrogen that becomes nitrified by biofilms in the water distribution system. How much chlorine residual will this nitrite consume

Halogenated Organics

Halogenated organic solvents displaced industrial uses for many hydrocarbon solvents because their vapors have a flash point at much higher temperatures, making them nonexplosive. Others were developed for their special properties, such as the high dielectric constant of polychlorinated biphenyls. Yet another group, such as chlorinated dioxins and trihalomethanes in drinking water, are unintended by-products of other processes. Compounding their toxic properties are their lipophilicity and their low rate of biodegradation, both of which contribute to tendency to persist and bioaccumulate in the environment. The halogenated alkanes refer mostly to chlorinated one- and two-carbon compounds, various brominated compounds included among the trihalomethanes (THMs) formed during chlorination of drinking water, and fluorinated alkanes such as a variety of Freons.

The live aminal

Removing the bacterial load from the outer as well as the mucosal surfaces of the live animal would be a promising idea. To date, showering of pigs is a successful technique (Smulders, 1995), as well as the 'clean livestock (cattle) policy'. James et al. (1997) briefly review trials in pre-slaughter cleaning of animals and Huffmann (2002) concisely reviews pre-harvest experiments (composition of the diet, competitive exclusion cultures, drinking-water treatment, immunisation) with special regard to the reduction of E. coli 0157.

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