about this participant:

Cord Blood Sample 19, from USA, participated in the 2009 biomonitoring investigation entitled "Pollution in Minority Newborns." She gave cord blood for the study on October 1, 2008.

Location:

USA

Participant's groups:

In Utero/newborn

Study:

Pollution in Minority Newborns

Sample Date:

October 1, 2008



health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Brain and nervous system139
Immune system (including sensitization and allergies)124
Reproduction and fertility20
Gastrointestinal (including liver)11
Birth defects and developmental delays7
Cancer2
Hematologic (blood) system2
Endocrine system2



picture of Cord Blood Sample 19

Participant: Cord Blood Sample 19
Found 111-161 of 383 tested chemicals

Cord Blood Sample 19's cord blood contained 111-161 of 383 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to brain and nervous system toxicity, immune system toxicity, and reproductive toxicity and fertility problems.

Summary of chemicals found in Cord Blood Sample 19

chemical family level found health effects exposure routes
Bisphenol Ahigh Polycarbonate plastics, food can linings, dental sealants
Chlorinated dioxins & furansmoderateImmune system (including sensitization and allergies), Birth defects and developmental delays Dietary sources, fatty meat, dairy and fish
Leadlow Lead-based paint in older homes, household dust, vinyl products, tap water
MercuryhighBrain and nervous system Seafood, flu shots/vaccines, dental fillings
Methylmercuryhigh Dietary sources, particularly seafood
Nitro- and polycylic- musksmoderateEndocrine system Cosmetics, perfumes, cleaning agents, detergents, soaps
PerchloratemoderateHematologic (blood) system, Birth defects and developmental delays Contaminated food and drinking water
Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)moderateBirth defects and developmental delays, Cancer, Endocrine system Stain- and grease-proof coatings on food packaging, couches, carpets, pans
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)lowReproduction and fertility, Brain and nervous system Foam furniture, carpet padding, computers, televisions, contaminated house dust, food
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)moderateBrain and nervous system, Immune system (including sensitization and allergies) Dietary sources, fatty meat, dairy and fish
Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs)highGastrointestinal (including liver) Dietary sources, fatty meat, dairy and fish

Detailed report by chemical (return to summary)

bisphenol a & badge

1 of 1 found

Detected in polycarbonate plastic, dental sealants, and resins that line metal cans. Linked to hormone disruption, birth defects, cancer with effects at very low doses.

  • level found: 8.61 ng/mL (wet weight) in blood serum
  • High vs 51 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (99th %ile)
0ng/mL (wet weight) in blood serum8.61


chlorinated dioxins & furans

4 of 17 found

Pollutants from PVC production, industrial bleaching, and incineration. Cause cancer and may harm hormone system.

  • cumulative level found: 73.1 pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Moderate vs 34 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (42nd %ile)
  • Moderate vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (49th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
5pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum1860


Total Chlorinated dioxins & furans

Chlorinated dioxins are unwanted byproducts of the manufacture and burning of products that contain chlorine. Dioxins cause cancer in humans, and they are generally considered to be among the most toxic environmental contaminants known to man. As a class, dioxins are extremely toxic, persistent, bioaccumulative, and lipophilic ("fat-loving"). This means that dioxins build up and are stored in fatty tissues and fluids, such as breast milk, and can be passed on to fetuses and infants during pregnancy and lactation. Most people are exposed to dioxin through the food they eat, primarily from meat, dairy, fish and eggs.

In humans, dioxins are associated with cancer, skin lesions, damage to the nervous system and immune system, altered carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, thyroid disruption, altered menstrual cycling, and cardiovascular effects.

In laboratory animals, dioxins are known to cause a variety of effects including cancer and impaired reproductive, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, neurological and metabolic function. In addition, dioxins cause skin disease and birth defects.

In dioxin family of chemicals - pollutants from PVC production, industrial bleaching, incineration; cause cancer, may harm hormone system.

  • level found: 18.5 pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 34 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (56th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (48th %ile)
0pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum125


Chlorinated dioxins are unwanted byproducts of the manufacture and burning of products that contain chlorine. Dioxins cause cancer in humans, and they are generally considered to be among the most toxic environmental contaminants known to man. As a class, dioxins are extremely toxic, persistent, bioaccumulative, and lipophilic ("fat-loving"). This means that dioxins build up and are stored in fatty tissues and fluids, such as breast milk, and can be passed on to fetuses and infants during pregnancy and lactation. Most people are exposed to dioxin through the food they eat, primarily from meat, dairy, fish and eggs.

In humans, dioxins are associated with cancer, skin lesions, damage to the nervous system and immune system, altered carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, thyroid disruption, altered menstrual cycling, and cardiovascular effects.

In laboratory animals, dioxins are known to cause a variety of effects including cancer and impaired reproductive, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, neurological and metabolic function. In addition, dioxins cause skin disease and birth defects.

In dioxin family of chemicals - pollutants from PVC production, industrial bleaching, incineration; cause cancer, may harm hormone system.

  • level found: 6.92 pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 34 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (42nd %ile)
  • Moderate vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (57th %ile)
0pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum63.7


In dioxin family of chemicals - pollutants from PVC production, industrial bleaching, incineration; cause cancer, may harm hormone system.

  • level found: 4.62 pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 34 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (65th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (64th %ile)
0pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum24.3


Chlorinated dioxins are unwanted byproducts of the manufacture and burning of products that contain chlorine. Dioxins cause cancer in humans, and they are generally considered to be among the most toxic environmental contaminants known to man. As a class, dioxins are extremely toxic, persistent, bioaccumulative, and lipophilic ("fat-loving"). This means that dioxins build up and are stored in fatty tissues and fluids, such as breast milk, and can be passed on to fetuses and infants during pregnancy and lactation. Most people are exposed to dioxin through the food they eat, primarily from meat, dairy, fish and eggs.

In humans, dioxins are associated with cancer, skin lesions, damage to the nervous system and immune system, altered carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, thyroid disruption, altered menstrual cycling, and cardiovascular effects.

In laboratory animals, dioxins are known to cause a variety of effects including cancer and impaired reproductive, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, neurological and metabolic function. In addition, dioxins cause skin disease and birth defects.

In dioxin family of chemicals - pollutants from PVC production, industrial bleaching, incineration; cause cancer, may harm hormone system.

  • level found: 43.1 pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 34 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (36th %ile)
0pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum1590


metals

3 of 3 found

Neurotoxic heavy metal linked to IQ deficits and behavioral problems. Found in dust from chipping lead paint in older homes, and in some tap water.

  • level found: 0.314 ug/dL (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Low vs 71 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (9th %ile)
  • Low vs 8,373 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (7th %ile)
0.222ug/dL (wet weight) in whole blood4.7


Mercury is used in dental fillings and to preserve vaccines; it is also a common pollutant in seafood. Mercury harms brain development and function.

  • level found: 3.91 ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 40 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (70th %ile)
  • High vs 8,373 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (95th %ile)
7.0E-5ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood12


Forms from mercury, a pollutant from coal-fired power plants and other sources. Methylmercury accumulates in seafood and harms brain development and function.

  • level found: 3.28 ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 88 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (61st %ile)
  • High vs 8,373 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (93rd %ile)
0ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood25.9


nitro- and polycylic- musks

1 of 10 found

Fragrance ingredients. Build up in human tissues. May harm hormone system.

  • cumulative level found: 1.1 ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 10 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (70th %ile)
0ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood2.74


Total Nitro- and polycylic- musks

Synthetic fragrance in cosmetics, cleaning agents, detergents, air fresheners, perfumes. Suspected hormone disruptor. Prevents cells from blocking entry of toxins in animal study. Bioaccumulative.

  • level found: 1.1 ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood
  • High vs 10 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (80th %ile)
0ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood1.9


perchlorate

1 of 1 found

Explosive component of solid rocket and missile fuel. Widespread contaminant of food, drinking water, and people. Disrupts thyroid hormones, particularly in women with lower iodide intake; may harm brain development.

  • level found: 0.19 ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 10 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (70th %ile)
0ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood0.6


perfluorochemicals (pfcs)

3 of 13 found

Includes Teflon, Scotchgard, Stainmaster. Linked to cancer and birth defects.

  • cumulative level found: 3.49 ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (40th %ile)
0.736ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood27.8


Total Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)

Used to make Teflon pan coatings; breakdown product of stain- and grease-proof coatings. Likely human carcinogen. Found in most people. Being phased out of some products.

  • level found: 0.95 ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (48th %ile)
0.176ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood4.2


In fire fighting foams and carpet treatments. Phased out of consumer products by 3M in 2000 over health concerns.

  • level found: 0.523 ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (48th %ile)
0ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood5.52


Active ingredient in Scotchgard prior to 2000. Phase out forced by EPA because concentrations in human blood close to levels that harm lab animals.

  • level found: 2.02 ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (44th %ile)
0.352ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood16.2


polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

17-19 of 46 found

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

  • cumulative level found: 6 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Low vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (13th %ile)
  • Low vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (15th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
1.11ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum314


Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

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.

  • level found: found, but not quantified

found in 37 of 116 people, but not quantified

 


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.

  • level found: 0.0262 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 76 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (27th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.23


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.

  • level found: 0.446 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (85th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum4.31


  • level found: 0.299 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • High vs 76 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (95th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.782


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.

  • level found: 0.772 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Low vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (9th %ile)
0.238ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum76.9


  • level found: 0.0769 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 76 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (39th %ile)
  • Low vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (15th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum2.73


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.

  • level found: found, but not quantified

found in 24 of 116 people, but not quantified

 


  • level found: found, but not quantified

found in 32 of 116 people, but not quantified

 


  • level found: found, but not quantified

found in 29 of 116 people, but not quantified

 


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.

  • level found: found, but not quantified

found in 54 of 116 people, but not quantified

 


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.

  • level found: 0.646 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Low vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (19th %ile)
  • Low vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (17th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum32.6


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

  • level found: 0.876 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (36th %ile)
  • Low vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (24th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) 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.

  • level found: 2.64 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Low vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (13th %ile)
  • Low vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (16th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum143


  • level found: 0.0392 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 76 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (28th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum1.26


  • level found: 0.0254 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 76 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (61st %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.823


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.

  • level found: 0.0562 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (75th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.673


  • level found: 0.102 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Low vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (9th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (45th %ile)
0.0385ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum6.17


polychlorinated biphenyls (pcbs)

74-118 of 209 found

Banned industrial insulators and lubricants. Cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • cumulative level found: 25.8 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (46th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (44th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
2.95ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum600


Total Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.125 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 34 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (50th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum19.4


  • level found: 0.187 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 25 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (76th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.583


  • level found: 0.0946 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • High vs 25 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (80th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.122


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.225 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 34 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (62nd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum5.08


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.635 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (38th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (16th %ile)
0.0371ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum34.3


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.116 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (55th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.67


  • level found: 0.0915 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (50th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (15th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum5.76


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.0831 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (89th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.08


  • level found: 0.0185 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (58th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.402


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.269 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (49th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (14th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum6.74


  • level found: 0.171 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (62nd %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (14th %ile)
0.0119ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum10


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.0262 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (63rd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.65


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 1.8 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (38th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (15th %ile)
0.211ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum112


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.359 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (49th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (14th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum8.68


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.827 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (49th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (14th %ile)
0.0607ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum36.4


  • level found: 0.0346 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (63rd %ile)
  • Low vs 2,547 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (12th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum1.61


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.115 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (46th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum5.15


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.0354 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (60th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum8.96


  • level found: 0.0431 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (58th %ile)
  • High vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (82nd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.83


  • level found: 3.28 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (62nd %ile)
0.297ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum72.6


  • level found: 0.132 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (58th %ile)
0.00898ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum2.63


  • level found: 0.0415 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (81st %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.179


  • level found: 0.0569 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (62nd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum2.01


  • level found: 0.0254 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (99th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.0254


  • level found: 0.128 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (66th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.923


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.195 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (49th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.95


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.0531 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (83rd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum1.81


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.485 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (46th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (14th %ile)
0.0243ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum14


  • level found: 0.0954 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (66th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.457


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 3.92 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (49th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (16th %ile)
0.379ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum96.5


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.409 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (40th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (14th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum14.6


  • level found: 0.0892 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (69th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.864


  • level found: 0.0208 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (81st %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.14


  • level found: 0.211 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (55th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (13th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.83


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 1.74 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 25 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (99th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum1.74


  • level found: 0.207 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 25 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (84th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.319


  • level found: 0.305 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 25 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (84th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.418


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.212 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (46th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum29


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.0692 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (55th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum13.7


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.362 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (43rd %ile)
  • Low vs 2,547 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (12th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum34


  • level found: 0.131 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (69th %ile)
  • Low vs 2,547 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (14th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum5.57


  • level found: 0.172 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (46th %ile)
  • Low vs 2,547 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (11th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum12.3


  • level found: 0.0177 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • High vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (81st %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.207


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.431 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (60th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum40


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.0238 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (49th %ile)
  • Low vs 2,547 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (11th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum17.4


  • level found: 0.117 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (50th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum11.7


  • level found: 0.3 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (46th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum22.4


  • level found: 0.0146 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (69th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.53


  • level found: 0.209 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (89th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.805


  • level found: 0.365 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (80th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (31st %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum13.1


  • level found: 0.402 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (60th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (13th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum4.98


  • level found: 0.0554 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (74th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.212


  • level found: 0.0562 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (66th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.353


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.166 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (63rd %ile)
  • Moderate vs 2,547 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (52nd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.39


  • level found: 0.0715 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (75th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum1.96


  • level found: 0.105 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (70th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.836


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 2.05 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (46th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (14th %ile)
0.212ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum30.8


  • level found: 0.0377 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (75th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.333


  • level found: 1.36 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (74th %ile)
0.0828ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum14.9


  • level found: 0.0192 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • High vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (81st %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.0343


  • level found: 0.101 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (83rd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.483


  • level found: 0.04 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (93rd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.0544


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.135 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (72nd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.18


  • level found: 0.02 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • High vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (93rd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.0231


  • level found: 0.0108 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (97th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.0144


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.281 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (80th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (32nd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum4.47


  • level found: 0.0138 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • High vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (77th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.0425


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.0315 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (63rd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum1.65


  • level found: 0.971 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (77th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum23.4


  • level found: 0.0223 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 26 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (81st %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.142


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.208 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (58th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (14th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.46


  • level found: 0.0531 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 25 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (99th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.0531


In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • level found: 0.0923 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 34 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (68th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.88


  • level found: 0.417 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 25 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (76th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum5.11


polychlorinated naphthalenes (pcns)

7-11 of 70 found

Wood preservatives, varnishes, machine lubricating oils, waste incineration. Cause liver and kidney damage.

  • cumulative level found: 1.09 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • High vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (79th %ile)
0.0743ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.43


Total Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs)

  • level found: 0.202 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (96th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.307


  • level found: 0.0746 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (87th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.719


  • level found: 0.592 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • High vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (87th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.11


PCNs are toxic and persistent. They bioaccumulate in people and are stored in fatty tissues. The toxic effects of chemicals are similar to dioxin.

  • level found: 0.0631 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • High vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (83rd %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.188


PCNs are toxic and persistent. They bioaccumulate in people and are stored in fatty tissues. The toxic effects of chemicals are similar to dioxin.

  • level found: 0.0808 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • High vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (96th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.113


  • level found: 0.0277 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [KL]
  • Moderate vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (57th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.392


  • level found: 0.0523 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum [L]
  • Moderate vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (44th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum0.126


Chemicals not found in Cord Blood Sample 19

222 chemicals

1,2,3,7,8,9-HxBDD (hexadioxin), 1,2,3,4,7,8-HxBDD (hexadioxin), 2,3,7,8-TBDD (tetradioxin), 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-OBDD (octadioxin), 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-OBDF (octafuran), 2,3,7,8-TBDF (tetrafuran), 1,2,3,7,8-PeBDD (pentadioxin), 2,3,4,7,8-PeBDF (pentafuran), 1,2,3,7,8-PeBDF (pentafuran), 1,2,3,4,7,8-HxBDF (hexafuran), 1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpBDF (heptafuran), 1,2,3,6,7,8-HxBDD (hexadioxin), Tetrabromobisphenol A, 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-OCDF (octafuran), 1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDF (heptafuran), 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDD (pentadioxin), 1,2,3,4,7,8-HxCDD (hexadioxin), 1,2,3,4,7,8,9-HpCDF (heptafuran), 2,3,4,7,8-PeCDF (pentafuran), 1,2,3,4,7,8-HxCDF (hexafuran), 1,2,3,7,8,9-HxCDF (hexafuran), 1,2,3,6,7,8-HxCDF (hexafuran), 2,3,4,6,7,8-HxCDF (hexafuran), 2,3,7,8-TCDD (tetradioxin), 2,3,7,8-TCDF (tetrafuran), 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDF (pentafuran), Tonalide, Traseolide, Phantolide, Celestolide, Musk tibetene, Musk xylene, Musk moskene, Cashmeran, Musk ketone, PFOSA (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid), PFBA (Perfluorobutyric acid), PFUnA (Perfluoroundecanoic acid), PFPeA (Perfluoro-n-pentanoic acid), PFHxA (Perfluorohexanoic acid), PFHpA (Perfluoroheptanoic acid), PFDoA (Perfluorododecanoic acid), PFDA (Perfluorodecanoic acid), PFBS (Perfluorobutane sulfonate), PFNA (Perfluorononanoic acid), PBDE-85, PBDE-140, PBDE-138, PBDE-181, PBDE-128, PBDE-32, PBDE-155, PBDE-51, PBDE-105, PBDE-10, PBDE-126, PBDE-77, PBDE-35, PBDE-11, PBDE-37, PBDE-12, PBDE-13, PBDE-8, PBDE-7, PBDE-166, PBDE-119, PBDE-66, PBDE-116, PBDE-71, PBDE-120, PBDE-75, PBDE-30, PCB-176, PCB-131, PCB-207, PCB-82, PCB-16, PCB-10, PCB-32, PCB-73, PCB-84, PCB-136, PCB-188, PCB-186, PCB-148, PCB-142, PCB-144, PCB-184, PCB-204, PCB-42, PCB-27, PCB-72, PCB-69, PCB-64, PCB-78, PCB-89, PCB-181, PCB-182, PCB-139, PCB-140, PCB-43, PCB-94, PCB-106, PCB-111, PCB-165, PCB-112, PCB-21, PCB-67, PCB-68, PCB-124, PCB-49, PCB-169, PCB-14, PCB-15, PCB-9, PCB-31, PCB-29, PCB-7, PCB-24, PCB-34, PCB-26, PCB-121, PCB-23, PCB-38, PCB-39, PCB-35, PCB-77, PCB-126, PCB-79, PCB-127, PCB-36, PCB-80, PCB-12, PCB-13, PCB-37, PCB-81, PCB-120, PCB-145, PCB-5, PCB-54, PCB-19, PCB-104, PCB-103, PCB-48, PCB-155, PCB-96, PCB-46, PCB-152, PCB-150, PCB-6, PCB-55, PCB-56, PCB-33, PCB-25, PCB-22, PCB-58, PCB-57, PCB-161, PCB-192, PCB-162, PCB-107, PCB-159, PCB-122, PCN-70, PCN-54, PCN-55, PCN-71, PCN-29, PCN-56, PCN-30, PCN-31, PCN-13, PCN-53, PCN-69, PCN-18, PCN-28, PCN-63, PCN-64, PCN-65, PCN-49, PCN-50, PCN-27, PCN-68, PCN-51, PCN-57, PCN-72, PCN-19, PCN-44, PCN-45, PCN-20, PCN-21, PCN-22, PCN-46, PCN-23, PCN-47, PCN-24, PCN-5, PCN-6, PCN-25, PCN-9, PCN-48, PCN-26, PCN-43, PCN-42, PCN-3, PCN-58, PCN-59, PCN-32, PCN-61, PCN-33, PCN-62, PCN-34, PCN-35, PCN-14, PCN-36, PCN-37, PCN-15, PCN-39, PCN-16, PCN-41, PCN-17, PCN-10

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.)

[K] Peak detected but did not meet quantification criteria; concentration is unconfirmed

[L] Peak found below the level found in the lab blank.

[2] The chemicals co-eluted in the laboratory analysis.

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