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Test Results

July 14, 2005

Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results

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  PBDE-32

PBDE-32 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 12.2 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

Brominated fire retardants used in polyurethan foam and plastics. These PBDEs are neurotoxic and persist in people and the environment. They were withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.


About PBDE-32 *
CAS RN49690-94-0
Chemical ClassPolybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
Chemical SubClassTribrominated diphenyl ether
Manufacturing/ Use StatusUse/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 functionsflame retardant
Usesflame retardant in furniture, seating, sound insulation panels, imitation wood, packaging materials, plastics, fabric, upholstery, electrical cable and connectors, insulated pipes, and some industrial paints
ManufacturersAlbermarle, 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-32
No information on health effects associated with this chemical is available in seven standard toxicity references.

References for Health Effects