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Test Results

July 14, 2005

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  PFBS (Perfluorobutane sulfonate)

PFBS (Perfluorobutane sulfonate) was not found in any of the samples above the limits of detection.

An active ingredient in 3M's new Scotchgard (old formulation was phased out in 2000 over health concerns). Persistent. Structurally similar to PFOS.


About PFBS (Perfluorobutane sulfonate) *
CAS RN29420-43-3
Chemical ClassPerfluorochemical (PFC)
Chemical SubClassPerfluorinated sulfonate
Manufacturing/ Use Statusthere are no restrictions on the production/use in the U.S.
Trade and product namesAlgoflon, Centennial Cloth, Clear-Shield, DWR, Dyneon, Excel, Extragard DN 100-1, Extreme Superpruf, Fiber Shield, Forafac, GapShield, MysticMaid Corazza, Polyflon, Scotchguard, Silverstone, Stain-Guard, Staindefender, Stainmaster, SurfTechs 4300, SurfTechs 4301, SurfTechs 4302, Teflon, Zepel, Zonyl
Chemical functionssurfactant with stain, oil, and water resistance properties
May be found in the following types of productsbike chain lubricant, computer chip coating, engine oil additive, flame retardant, hair curling and straightening products, nail polish, pharmaceutical packaging, stain/water/oil repellent fabric protector, water/oil repellent paper coating, windshield wiper blades, wire and cable insulation
Usesactive ingredient in 3M's Scotchgard products since 2001, possible breakdown product of, or manufacturing intermediate of commercial perfluorochemicals (PFCs), uses of PFCs include stain/water/oil repellent fabric protector, water/oil repellent paper coating, wiper blades, bike chain lubricant, wire and cable insulation, pharmeceutical packaging, engine oil additive, nail polish, hair curling and straightening
Manufacturers3M, Asahi, Clariant International, Daikin, DuPont, Dyneon

* Information may include trade names, manufacturers, and products for other chemicals in the Perfluorochemical (PFC) class.



Suspected Health Concerns for PFBS (Perfluorobutane sulfonate)
No information on health effects associated with this chemical is available in seven standard toxicity references.

References for Health Effects