Prenatal methylmercury exposure is associated with neuropsychological deficits in Faroese children at age 7 years. Lower confidence bounds of benchmark doses (BMDLs) have now been calculated. With the cord-blood mercury concentration as the dose parameter, a logarithmic dose-response model tended to show a better fit than a linear dose model for the attention, language and verbal memory tests. The lowest BMDLs averaged ~5 μg/l cord blood, which corresponds to a maternal hair concentration of ~1 μg/g. However, most BMDLs for hair mercury concentrations were higher. Thus, the results of the benchmark calculations depend on the assumed dose-response model. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.
- Food contamination
- Prenatal exposure delayed effects
- Risk assessment