about this participant:

Jill, a closing supervisor for a mortgage company from Canton, GA, participated in the 2003 biomonitoring investigation entitled "EWG Study #2, flame retardants in breast milk." She gave breast milk for the study on June 4, 2003 at age 33, when her baby, Lauren, was 12 days old.

Related links:

Canton, GA

Participant's groups:

Women of Childbearing Age, Female, Adult


EWG Study #2, flame retardants in breast milk

Sample Date:

June 4, 2003

health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Brain and nervous system27
Reproduction and fertility27

picture of Jill

Participant: Jill
Found 23-27 of 44 tested chemicals

Jill's breast milk contained 23-27 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 Jill

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)

23-27 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: 157 ppb (lipid weight) in breast milk
  • Moderate vs 20 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (75th %ile)
9.51ppb (lipid weight) in breast milk1080

Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Chemicals not found in Jill

17 chemicals

PBDE-206, PBDE-2, PBDE-1, PBDE-13, PBDE-12, PBDE-77, PBDE-126, PBDE-10, PBDE-32, PBDE-30, PBDE-116, PBDE-119, PBDE-105, PBDE-190, PBDE-181, PBDE-208, PBDE-3


[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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