The Pollution in Newborns
Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results
PFHxS (Perfluorohexanesulfonate) 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 2.0 ng/g (wet weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 0.9 to 5.5 ng/g (wet weight, in whole blood).
In fire fighting foams and carpet treatments. Phased out of consumer products by 3M in 2000 over health concerns.
|About PFHxS (Perfluorohexanesulfonate) *|
|Chemical Class||Perfluorochemical (PFC)|
|Chemical SubClass||Perfluorinated sulfonate|
|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 PFHxS (Perfluorohexanesulfonate)|
|No information on health effects associated with this chemical is available in seven standard toxicity references.|