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Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns

The Pollution in Newborns

Test Results

July 14, 2005

Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results

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  PFTA (Perfluorotetradecanoic acid)

PFTA (Perfluorotetradecanoic acid) was not found in any of the samples above the limits of detection.

Chemical class widely contaminates human blood and persists in the body for decades. Potential harm to a wide range of organs (ovaries, liver, kidney, spleen, thymus, thyroid, pituitary, testis).

About PFTA (Perfluorotetradecanoic acid) *
CAS RN376-06-7
Chemical ClassPerfluorochemical (PFC)
Chemical SubClassPerfluorinated carboxylic acid
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
Usespossible 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 PFTA (Perfluorotetradecanoic acid)
No information on health effects associated with this chemical is available in seven standard toxicity references.

References for Health Effects