Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results
PCB-1 was found in 9 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 22.4 to 75.9 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 7.2 to 48.3 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).
In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.
|About PCB-1 *|
|Chemical Class||Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)|
|Manufacturing/ Use Status||banned for use/manufacture in the U.S.|
|Trade and product names||Arochlors, Chlophen ®, Chlorextol ®, Clophen ®, Dykanol ®, Fenclor ®, Fenclor ® 42, Inerteen ®, Monter ®, Phenochlor ®, Pyralene ®, Pyranol ®, Santotherm ®, Therminol ®, Therminol ® FR-1|
|Chemical functions||dedusting agent, flame retardant, pesticide extender, plasticizer|
|Uses||adhesives, carbonless reproducing paper, cutting oils, dedusting agents, electrical capacitors, electrical transformers, vacuum pumps, fire retardants, hydraulic fluid, ink, lubricants, pesticide extenders, plasticizer, used in heat transfer systems, wax extenders|
|Manufacturers||Monsanto (former mfg), US Borax Inc. (former mfg)|
* Information may include trade names, manufacturers, and products for other chemicals in the Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) class.
|Priority Health Concerns for PCB-1|
|Health Concern or Target Organ||Weight of Evidence|
|Birth Defects / Developmental Delays||Known Effects|
|Immune System||Probable Effects|
|Suspected Health Concerns for PCB-1|
|Cardiovascular System Or Blood, Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Kidney, Brain, Nervous System, Reproductive System, Female Reproductive System, Male Reproductive System, Lungs/breathing, Hearing, Skin|