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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2,4'-DDD was not found in any of the 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004. It was found in 1 of 3 adult blood samples, at a concentration of 209.0 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

Organochlorine chemical, a class largely banned in the U.S. that builds up in the body over time, linked to cancer and reproductive harm.

About 2,4'-DDD
CAS RN53-19-0
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Related Chemical(s)2,4'-DDT (precursor)
UsesDDT breakdown product, no commercial uses

Priority Health Concerns for 2,4'-DDD
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
CancerProbable Effects
Reproductive SystemProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for 2,4'-DDD
Birth Defects / Developmental Delays, Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Immune System, Female Reproductive System, Male Reproductive System

References for Health Effects