The Pollution in Newborns
Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results
PFHxA (Perfluorohexanoic acid)
PFHxA (Perfluorohexanoic acid) was found in 10 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 0.4 to 0.8 ng/g (wet weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 0.2 to 0.6 ng/g (wet weight, in whole blood).
Breakdown product of stain- and grease-proof coatings on food packaging and household products. Highly persistent in people and the environment.
|About PFHxA (Perfluorohexanoic acid) *|
|Chemical Class||Perfluorochemical (PFC)|
|Chemical SubClass||Perfluorinated carboxylic acid|
|Manufacturing/ Use Status||there are no restrictions on the production/use in the U.S.|
|Trade and product names||Algoflon, Centennial Cloth, Clear-Shield, DWR, Dyneon, Excel, Extragard DN 100-1, Extreme Superpruf, Fiber Shield, Forafac, GapShield, MysticMaid Corazza, Polyflon, Scotchguard, Silverstone, Stain-Guard, Staindefender, Stainmaster, SurfTechs 4300, SurfTechs 4301, SurfTechs 4302, Teflon, Zepel, Zonyl|
|Chemical functions||surfactant with stain, oil, and water resistance properties|
|May be found in the following types of products||bike chain lubricant, computer chip coating, engine oil additive, flame retardant, hair curling and straightening products, nail polish, pharmaceutical packaging, stain/water/oil repellent fabric protector, water/oil repellent paper coating, windshield wiper blades, wire and cable insulation|
|Uses||possible breakdown product of, or manufacturing intermediate of commercial perfluorochemicals (PFCs), uses of PFCs include stain/water/oil repellent fabric protector, water/oil repellent paper coating, wiper blades, bike chain lubricant, wire and cable insulation, pharmeceutical packaging, engine oil additive, nail polish, hair curling and straightening|
|Manufacturers||3M, Asahi, Clariant International, Daikin, DuPont, Dyneon|
* Information may include trade names, manufacturers, and products for other chemicals in the Perfluorochemical (PFC) class.
|Suspected Health Concerns for PFHxA (Perfluorohexanoic acid)|
|No information on health effects associated with this chemical is available in seven standard toxicity references.|