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Test Results

Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results

July 14, 2005

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  PCB-103

PCB-103 was not found in any of the 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004. It was found in 1 of 3 adult blood samples, at a concentration of 4.0 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-103 *
CAS RN60145-21-3
Chemical ClassPolychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)
Chemical SubClassPenta-PCB
Manufacturing/ Use Statusbanned for use/manufacture in the U.S.
Trade and product namesArochlors, Chlophen ®, Chlorextol ®, Clophen ®, Dykanol ®, Fenclor ®, Fenclor ® 42, Inerteen ®, Monter ®, Phenochlor ®, Pyralene ®, Pyranol ®, Santotherm ®, Therminol ®, Therminol ® FR-1
Chemical functionsdedusting agent, flame retardant, pesticide extender, plasticizer
Usesadhesives, 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
ManufacturersMonsanto (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-103
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
CancerKnown Effects
Birth Defects / Developmental DelaysKnown Effects
Immune SystemProbable Effects

References for Health Effects



Suspected Health Concerns for PCB-103
Skin, Lungs/breathing, Male Reproductive System, Cardiovascular System Or Blood, Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Kidney, Brain, Nervous System, Hearing, Reproductive System, Female Reproductive System

References for Health Effects