Exposure and risk assessment of persistent pollutants in food and water

Many persistent environmental pollutants such as PCBs, dioxines and methylmercury are bioaccumulating in the food chain. Projects within this scope concern characterization of individual exposures through foods for the purpose of estimating various health risks for different groups of the population. This project is a joint venture between epidemiologists (nutritional epidemiology) and toxicologists.

Contact persons

Marika Berglund

Affiliated to research


  • Formas (Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning)
  • Swedish Environmental Protection Agency


Dietary exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and risk of myocardial infarction - a population-based prospective cohort study.
Bergkvist C, Berglund M, Glynn A, Wolk A, Åkesson A
Int. J. Cardiol. 2015 Mar;183():242-8

Dietary exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls is associated with increased risk of stroke in women.
Bergkvist C, Kippler M, Larsson SC, Berglund M, Glynn A, Wolk A, et al
J. Intern. Med. 2014 Sep;276(3):248-59

Validation of questionnaire-based long-term dietary exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls using biomarkers.
Bergkvist C, Akesson A, Glynn A, Michaëlsson K, Rantakokko P, Kiviranta H, et al
Mol Nutr Food Res 2012 Nov;56(11):1748-54

Relation between dietary cadmium intake and biomarkers of cadmium exposure in premenopausal women accounting for body iron stores.
Julin B, Vahter M, Amzal B, Wolk A, Berglund M, Åkesson A
Environ Health 2011 Dec;10():105

Nutritional and toxicological aspects of seafood consumption--an integrated exposure and risk assessment of methylmercury and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Ström S, Helmfrid I, Glynn A, Berglund M
Environ. Res. 2011 Feb;111(2):274-80