Organotins and Humans: Threat and Risk
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Asha Giriyan and Sangeeta Sonak
Organotins have been used for a variety of purposes since their discovery and their initial use in the
1920s. However, organotins are described as toxic pollutants introduced into the environment and impacts of
organotins on several organisms have been largely documented. Although studies of impacts of organotins on
human health are minimal, concerns have been raised regards the entry of organotins in human food chain and its
consequences. Therefore, this chapter presents a review of impacts of organotins on humans. The chapter presents
major applications of organotins, their entry in the food chain and human exposure via food and other sources and
finally effects of organotins on humans.
Organotin toxicity - environmental impact - food contamination - human exposure - health effects -
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