about this participant:

Erin Schrode, a student from Ross, CA, participated in the 2007 biomonitoring investigation entitled "EWG Study #10, cosmetic chemicals in teens." She gave blood and urine for the study on May 9, 2007 at age 16.

Related links:

Ross, CA

Participant's groups:

Teen, Female


EWG Study #10, cosmetic chemicals in teens

Sample Date:

May 9, 2007

health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Immune system (including sensitization and allergies)6
Respiratory system4
Endocrine system2
Chronic effects, general2
Gastrointestinal (including liver)1

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Participant: Erin Schrode
Found 12 of 25 tested chemicals

Erin Schrode's blood and urine contained 12 of 25 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to immune system toxicity, respiratory system toxicity, and endocrine system toxicity.

  • This participant's samples show above average levels of Triclosan, compared to all others in EWG studies

Summary of chemicals found in Erin Schrode

chemical family level found health effects exposure routes
Parabenslow Personal care products, some foods, beverages, and medications
PhthalatesmoderateEndocrine system Cosmetics, paint, soft plastic, food packaging, and other consumer products
TriclosanmoderateEndocrine system, Skin Antibacterial soap, toothpaste, cosmetics, cleaning products, shoe insoles, plastic cutting boards, other antibacterial items

Test results by chemical family (see each chemical)


4 of 6 found — see each chemical

Preservatives in cosmetics. Cause skin irritation and allergies. May be linked to hormone disruption and breast cancer.

  • cumulative level found: 8.39 ug/g creatinine in urine
  • Low vs 28 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (4th %ile)
8.39ug/g creatinine in urine3820

Total Parabens


7 of 7 found — see each chemical

In cosmetics, paint, and plastics. Linked to sperm damage and birth defects of male reproductive system.

  • cumulative level found: 173 ug/g creatinine in urine
  • Low vs 72 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (20th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 8,020 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (28th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
102ug/g creatinine in urine10800

Total Phthalates


1 of 1 found

Antibacterial agent (pesticide) in liquid hand soap, toothpaste, cosmetics, cleaning products, footwear, and plastic products labeled "antibacterial." Triclosan may disrupt thyroid hormones, and can form several chemicals with health and environmental concerns.

  • level found: 16.8 ug/g creatinine in urine
  • Moderate vs 28 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (68th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 2,612 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (66th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
0ug/g creatinine in urine350

Chemicals not found in Erin Schrode

13 chemicals

Musk xylene, Musk tibetene, Musk ketone, Musk moskene, Musk ambrette, Traseolide, Tonalide, Galaxolide, Phantolide, Celestolide, Cashmeran, Isopropylparaben, Ethylparaben


[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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