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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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  1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-OCDD (octadioxin)

1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-OCDD (octadioxin) was found in 10 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 19.9 to 55.0 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 229.8 to 784.3 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

In dioxin family of chemicals - pollutants from PVC production, industrial bleaching, incineration; cause cancer, may harm hormone system.

About 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-OCDD (octadioxin)
CAS RN3268-87-9
Chemical ClassChlorinated dioxin
Chemical SubClassOctachlorinated dioxin
Manufacturing/ Use Statusthis chemical is not intentionally produced, it is a byproduct of another application
May be found in the following types of productsfood (pollutant)
Usesno commercial uses, pollution from incineration of products containing brominated fire retardants, pollution from incineration, chlorine bleaching, PVC plastic production, and other industrial processes

Priority Health Concerns for 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-OCDD (octadioxin)
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
Birth Defects / Developmental DelaysKnown Effects
CancerKnown Effects
Immune SystemProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-OCDD (octadioxin)
Skin, Lungs/breathing, Reproductive System, Brain, Nervous System, Kidney, Stomach Or Intestines, Hormone System, Cardiovascular System Or Blood, Male Reproductive System, Female Reproductive System

References for Health Effects