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updated tue 12 aug 03


Edouard Bastarache on mon 11 aug 03

For those interested in this issue,

Study: Agent Orange Lingers in Vietnam Food=20
Mon August 11, 2003 08:34 AM ET=20
HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam War-era defoliant Agent Orange continues to =
contaminate livestock and fish eaten by Vietnamese decades after it was =
used, a study released on Monday showed.=20
A 2002 study in Bien Hoa city, about 20 miles north of Ho Chi Minh City, =
formerly Saigon, showed residents and food had high levels of dioxin, =
the August issue of The Journal of Occupational and Environmental =
Medicine said.=20

The report said about 95 percent of blood samples taken from 43 people =
in Bien Hoa "were found to have elevated TCDD levels," referring to the =
most toxic of the dioxins.=20

"Although the spraying ended over three decades ago, in certain areas of =
Vietnam food is clearly a present-day route of intake of dioxin from =
Agent Orange," the study said.=20

Tests on 16 food samples of chickens, ducks, pork, beef, fish and a toad =
from the city's markets, a lake and a nearby air base where Agent Orange =
had been stored found "markedly elevated" dioxin levels in six samples.=20

Vietnam estimates more than one million of its people have been exposed =
to Agent Orange, used from 1962 to 1971 to strip trees and plants and =
deny communist fighters cover and food.=20

The dioxin-containing Agent Orange, the spraying of which was stopped in =
1971, got its name because of the colored stripes on its containers.=20

The United States has said more studies are needed on the effects of =
Agent Orange.=20

The authors of the study said the presence of other toxic chemicals =
should be considered when weighing the data.=20

U.S. embassy officials in Hanoi did not immediately have a comment on =
the report.


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