about this participant:

Katrina Alcorn, a web designer from Oakland, CA, participated in the 2003 biomonitoring investigation entitled "EWG Study #2, flame retardants in breast milk." She gave breast milk for the study on February 10, 2003 at age 31, when her baby, Ruby, was 37 days old.

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Location:

Oakland, CA

Participant's groups:

Women of Childbearing Age, Female, Adult

Study:

EWG Study #2, flame retardants in breast milk

Sample Date:

February 10, 2003



health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Brain and nervous system23
Reproduction and fertility23



picture of Katrina Alcorn

Participant: Katrina Alcorn
Found 20-23 of 44 tested chemicals

Katrina Alcorn's breast milk contained 20-23 of 44 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 Katrina Alcorn

chemical family level found health effects exposure routes
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)moderateReproduction and fertility, Brain and nervous system Foam furniture, carpet padding, computers, televisions, contaminated house dust, food

Test results by chemical family (see each chemical)

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

20-23 of 44 found — see each chemical

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

  • cumulative level found: 78.9 ppb (lipid weight) in breast milk
  • Moderate vs 20 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (65th %ile)
9.51ppb (lipid weight) in breast milk1080


Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Chemicals not found in Katrina Alcorn

21 chemicals

PBDE-8, PBDE-10, PBDE-126, PBDE-77, PBDE-35, PBDE-12, PBDE-13, PBDE-1, PBDE-2, PBDE-7, PBDE-32, PBDE-30, PBDE-11, PBDE-209, PBDE-207, PBDE-208, PBDE-181, PBDE-105, PBDE-119, PBDE-116, PBDE-3

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.)

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