GROUP:

EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children


health & safety concerns:
chemicals found
on average indivi-
dual range
entire group
Brain and nervous system 8 7-11 11
Reproduction and fertility 8 7-11 11

Group members:

(40 People)

Anonymous Child #17
Anonymous Mom #17
Teo
Bronwyn
Olivia Brune
Mary Brune
Nicolas
Tess
Anonymous Mom #13
Anonymous Child #13
Naomi Carrigg
Laura Spark
Anonymous Child #11
Anonymous Mom #11
Mckenzie Green
Susanne Fleek
Lauren
Christi
Hannelore Peters
Erika Schreder
Conner Adams
Laurie Yung
Brynn Dickman
Hillary Dickman
Elijah Scheinz
Jennifer Scheinz
Natalie Comerford
Teri Olle
Tavin
Greta Hardin
Ruby Alcorn
Katrina Alcorn
Anonymous Child #42
Susan Comfort
Tracy Herndon
Zade Little
Maija West
Eva West
Liz
Evan


Locations:

Riverside, CA
Alameda, CA
Portland, OR
Boston, MA
Washington, DC
Anchorage, AK
Minneapolis, MN
Seattle, WA
Missoula, MT
Colorado Springs, CO
Helena, MT
San Francisco, CA
Lake Forest Park, WA
Oakland, CA
Taos, NM
Clinton, CT



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Group: EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children
Found 11 of 20 tested chemicals (40 participants)

The blood of the "EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children" group contained 11 of 20 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to brain and nervous system toxicity, reproductive toxicity and fertility problems,

Summary of chemicals found in EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children

chemical family level found in group health effects exposure routes
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)10% high
78% moderate
13% low
Reproduction and fertility, Brain and nervous system Foam furniture, carpet padding, computers, televisions, contaminated house dust, food

Detailed report by chemical (return to summary)

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

11 of 20 found

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Fire retardants in furniture foam, computers, and televisions. Accumulate in human tissues. May harm brain development.

1.11ng/g lipids in blood serum314


Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

0.11ng/g lipids in blood serum1.95


Brominated fire retardants currently used in plastics and fabric. The major use is in electronic devices; the minor use is as a backcoating on industrial fabrics. Are directly toxic to mammals and breakdown to more dangerous forms in the environment.

A fire retardant used in TVs, monitors and electronics. Growing evidence that chemical breaks down in the environment to more persistent and toxic forms.

0ng/g lipids in blood serum270


Brominated flame retardants used in plastics. Break down into more toxic and persistent forms in the environment. Withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

0.0122ng/g lipids in blood serum4.31


Brominated fire retardants used in foam and plastics. Break down into more toxic and persistent forms in the environment. Withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

0.0262ng/g lipids in blood serum0.59


0.238ng/g lipids in blood serum76.9


0.45ng/g lipids in blood serum15.4


Brominated fire retardants used in polyurethan foam and plastics. These PBDEs are neurotoxic and persist in people and the environment. They were withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

0.00528ng/g lipids in blood serum32.6


0.000971ng/g lipids in blood serum2.27


In PBDE chemical family - fire retardant in furniture foam, computers, televisions; may harm brain development and hormone systems.

0.0786ng/g lipids in blood serum31.2


Brominated fire retardants used in polyurethan foam and plastics. These PBDEs are neurotoxic and persist in people and the environment. They were withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

In PBDE chemical family - fire retardant in furniture foam, computers, televisions; may harm brain development and hormone systems.

0.33ng/g lipids in blood serum143


Brominated fire retardants used in polyurethan foam and plastics. These PBDEs are neurotoxic and persist in people and the environment. They were withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

0.0385ng/g lipids in blood serum6.17


References/Notes

[1] CDC (2005). National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, Centers for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/. (Methylmercury results have been compared to total mercury in CDC biomonitoring.)