The Pollution in Newborns
Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results
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) *|
|Chemical Class||Perfluorochemical (PFC)|
|Chemical SubClass||Perfluorinated sulfonate|
|Manufacturing/ Use Status||use/production has been voluntarily discontinued 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||active 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 Organ||Weight of Evidence|
|Cardiovascular System Or Blood||Probable Effects|
|Suspected Health Concerns for PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonate)|
|Stomach Or Intestines, Hormone System, Birth Defects / Developmental Delays, Female Reproductive System, Kidney, Reproductive System, Immune System|