Human Dioxin Levels in Hong Kong - a pilot study  

Project Title: Human Dioxin Levels in Hong Kong - a Pilot Study

Applicant: The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $1,174,525.67

Duration: 1.4.2001 - 3.12.2003

Project Status/Remarks: Completed


  • Hong Kong is a maritime environment where relatively large amounts of sea food are consumed at least by certain sections of the population. In addition, most other food products are imported from several continents and countries. If informed decisions are to be made about sampling strategies and future monitoring of dietary dioxin levels in Hong Kong, then good quality base-line data is needed on dioxins in both food and humans.

  • It is expected that breast milk dioxins will be relatively low but the proposed pilot study may help to identify the characteristics of higher risk groups, in which further studies and possibly preventive interventions can be made. The study would provide database in the area.

  • The results will guide the presentation of preventive health advice, which should be given to the community on a continuing basis.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes: Dioxin Levels in Humans in Hong Kong