The Pollution in Newborns
Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results
PBDE-209 was found in 3 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 433.1 to 9,633.5 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 2 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations of 2,480.0 and 5,000.0 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).
A fire retardant used in TVs, monitors and electronics. Growing evidence that chemical breaks down in the environment to more persistent and toxic forms.
|About PBDE-209 *|
|Chemical Class||Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)|
|Chemical SubClass||Decabrominated diphenyl ether|
|Manufacturing/ Use Status||Use/production of Penta and Octa commercial PBDE formulations have been discontinued. Deca commercial formulation is still in active use, and can break down into many other PBDE chemicals, including those used in the Penta and Octa formulations.|
|Chemical functions||fire retardant in plastics and fabric|
|May be found in the following types of products||it is used as a flame retardant mainly in applications in the plastics and textile industires|
|Uses||cell phones, computer monitors, electronic equipment, industrial fabrics, television sets|
* Information may include trade names, manufacturers, and products for other chemicals in the Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) class.
|Suspected Health Concerns for PBDE-209|
|Birth Defects / Developmental Delays, Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Brain, Nervous System, Reproductive System, Female Reproductive System, Male Reproductive System, Lungs/breathing, Hearing|