Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns

The Pollution in Newborns

July 14, 2005

Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results

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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 *
CAS RN1163-19-5
Chemical ClassPolybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
Chemical SubClassDecabrominated diphenyl ether
Manufacturing/ Use StatusUse/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 functionsfire retardant in plastics and fabric
May be found in the following types of productsit is used as a flame retardant mainly in applications in the plastics and textile industires
Usescell 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

References for Health Effects