Chapter 4.12 - Pollutants in Food and Drinking Water - Abstract [Health Report for Germany, 1998]
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There is a wide variety of undesirable substances that may occur in food and drinking water, such as microorganisms, substances in the water, earth and air, additives for food farming or animal medication. These can - depending on the effectiveness of long-term use of even the smallest amounts- be damaging to health. Diseases in this context are, among others, intestinal stomach infections, parasitic disorders, BSE, malignant neoplasms, allergic disorders and damage to the immune system.