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Test Results

Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results

July 14, 2005

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  2,4'-DDE

2,4'-DDE 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 2 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations of 342.7 and 477.3 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

Organochlorine chemical, a class largely banned in the U.S. that builds up in the body over time, linked to cancer and reproductive harm.


About 2,4'-DDE
CAS RN3424-82-6
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Related Chemical(s)2,4'-DDT (precursor)
UsesDDT breakdown product, no commercial uses



Priority Health Concerns for 2,4'-DDE
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
Reproductive SystemProbable Effects

References for Health Effects



Suspected Health Concerns for 2,4'-DDE
Birth Defects / Developmental Delays, Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Immune System, Female Reproductive System, Male Reproductive System

References for Health Effects