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Transfer of polycyclic hydrocarbons from diet to milk in rats, rabbits and sheep


West, CE and Horton, BJ, Transfer of polycyclic hydrocarbons from diet to milk in rats, rabbits and sheep, Life Sciences, 19 pp. 1543-1551. ISSN 0024-3205 (1976) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/0024-3205(76)90100-4


The transfer of the polycyclic hydrocarbons 3,4-benzpyrene and 3-methylcholanthrene from diet to milk of rabbits and sheep has been shown to be much less than that in rats. In rats the minimum transfer to the milk was found to be 0.19%. Earlier work has suggested that at least 1% of ingested polycyclic hydrocarbon could be secreted in the milk of rats. In rabbits only 0.003% of dietary polycyclic hydrocarbon was found in milk and in sheep the proportion was 0.01%. The low rate of transfer of polycyclic hydrocarbons to milk in sheep suggests that ruminants effectively prevent the passage to milk of polycyclic hydrocarbons present in their diets. © 1976.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Animal production
Research Field:Animal protection (incl. pests and pathogens)
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Livestock raising
Objective Field:Sheep for wool
UTAS Author:Horton, BJ (Dr Brian Horton)
ID Code:69891
Year Published:1976
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2011-05-23
Last Modified:2011-05-23

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