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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  PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonate)

PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonate) was found in 10 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 1.6 to 5.8 ng/g (wet weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 3.6 to 16.2 ng/g (wet weight, in whole blood).

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

About PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonate) *
CAS RN307-35-7
Chemical ClassPerfluorochemical (PFC)
Chemical SubClassPerfluorinated sulfonate
Manufacturing/ Use Statususe/production has been voluntarily discontinued in the U.S.
Trade and product namesAlgoflon, 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 functionssurfactant with stain, oil, and water resistance properties
May be found in the following types of productsbike 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
Usesactive ingredient in 3M's Scotchgard products prior to 2001. Possible breakdown product of, or manufacturing intermediate perfluoroproducts. Uses of perfluorocompounds include stain/water/oil repellent fabric protector, water/oil repellent paper coating,

* Information may include trade names, manufacturers, and products for other chemicals in the Perfluorochemical (PFC) class.

Priority Health Concerns for PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonate)
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
Cardiovascular System Or BloodProbable Effects
CancerProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonate)
Stomach Or Intestines, Hormone System, Birth Defects / Developmental Delays, Female Reproductive System, Kidney, Reproductive System, Immune System

References for Health Effects