Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results
PBDE-208 was found in 6 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 78.4 to 1,329.8 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 196.4 to 426.7 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).
Brominated fire retardants currently used in plastics and fabric. The major use is in electronic devices; the minor use is as a backcoating on industrial fabrics. Are directly toxic to mammals and breakdown to more dangerous forms in the environment.
|About PBDE-208 *|
|Chemical Class||Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)|
|Chemical SubClass||Nonabrominated diphenyl ether|
|Manufacturing/ Use Status||Use/production of Penta and Octa commercial PBDE formulations have been discontinued. Deca commercial formulation is still in active use, and can break down into many other PBDE chemicals, including those used in the Penta and Octa formulations.|
|Chemical functions||flame retardant|
|Uses||flame retardant in furniture, seating, sound insulation panels, imitation wood, packaging materials, plastics, fabric, upholstery, electrical cable and connectors, insulated pipes, and some industrial paints|
|Manufacturers||Albermarle, Great Lakes Chemical|
* Information may include trade names, manufacturers, and products for other chemicals in the Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) class.
|Suspected Health Concerns for PBDE-208|
|Birth Defects / Developmental Delays, Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Brain, Nervous System, Reproductive System, Female Reproductive System, Male Reproductive System, Lungs/breathing, Hearing|