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January 31, 2003

Lauren Sucher, (202) 667-6982, x141

CDC and EWG Study 49 Chemicals in Common

Washington — The Environmental Working Group (EWG), which yesterday released a biomonitoring study that tested for 210 chemicals in 9 individuals, has posted on its website, www.ewg.org , a list of the 49 chemicals that overlap between its study and the Centers for Disease Control’s study being released today.

The two studies, while similar in principle – posing the question of what toxic chemicals can be found in the human body – differ greatly in structure. Both studies tested for certain classes of chemicals such as PCBs, furans, dioxins, organophosphate pesticide metabolites, organochlorine pesticides and metabolites, heavy metals, and phthalates. In addition, EWG tested for and found dozens of other semi-volatile and volatile organic compounds that are found in common consumer products. A list currently posted on EWG’s website displays this overlap, and EWG’s entire bodyburden report is also featured on the organization’s website.

The Environmental Working Group is a not-for profit environmental research organization that harnesses the power of information and technology to improve public health and protect the environment.

SPREADSHEET: How EWG’s study compares to the CDC’s (PDF document)

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