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'-DDT 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 816.2 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

About 2,4'-DDT
CAS RN789-0-6
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Manufacturing/ Use Statusbanned for use/manufacture in the U.S.
Trade and product namesAgritan, Anofex, Arkotine, Azotox, Chlorphenothane, Dedelo, Genitox, Gesapon, Gesarex, Gesarol, Guesapon, Hildit, Ixodex, Neocid, Pentachlorin, Rukseam, Zerdane
Chemical functionsinsecticide
ManufacturersAgrimont (former mfg), BFC Chem (former mfg), Ciba-Geigy (former mfg), FMC Corp Agricultural P, Hindustan Insecticides Ltd., Montrose Chemical Corp of CA (former mfg), Shell International Chemical (former mfg), Shenzhen Jiangshan Commerce & Industry Corp.

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

References for Health Effects

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

References for Health Effects