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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alpha-Endosulphan was found in 4 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 27.6 to 544.5 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 1 of 3 adult blood samples, at a concentration of 165.8 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 alpha-Endosulphan
CAS RN959-98-8
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Trade and product namesalpha-Endosulfan, alpha-Thiodan, Endosulfan 1, Endosulfan A, Thiodan 1
Chemical functionsinsecticide
Usesinsecticide, wood perservative
ManufacturersAceto Agricultural Chemicals Corp., Asgrow Florida Co., Loveland Products Inc., Makhteshim-Agan of North America Inc., Micro-flo Company LLC, Moyer Products Inc.

Suspected Health Concerns for alpha-Endosulphan
Brain, Nervous System, Kidney, Stomach Or Intestines, Skin

References for Health Effects