Monitoring for endocrine disrupting compounds in the environment
Endocrine disruptors are any type of chemical that interferes with the body's endocrine system resulting in developmental, reproductive, neurological, or immune deficiencies in humans and animals. Some pesticides and pharmaceutical products, plasticizers, dioxins, and hormones are considered endocrine disrupting compounds and can be highly toxic if consumed.
Many everyday household products can contain levels of compounds that are endocrine disruptors, such as bisphenol A that could be leached from metal cans, plasticizers transmitted from consumable products and plastic bottles, or assorted flame retardants or pharmaceutical chemical compounds from clothing and cosmetics.
Due to the toxicity of endocrine disruptors, they are of high interest to monitor in the environment. The utility of mass spec for endocrine disrupter analysis in water, soil, foods, or other products enables us to closely monitor not only what endocrine disrupting compounds are present in these samples, but how much are there, to reduce our exposure risks.