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-Chlordane was found in 9 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 25.1 to 371.9 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 1,446.4 to 6,760.1 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-Chlordane
CAS RN57-71-9
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Manufacturing/ Use Statusbanned for use/manufacture in the U.S.
Trade and product namesBelt, Chlor Kil, Chlortox, Corodan, Corodane, Gold Crest C-100, Intox, Kilex, Kilex Lindane, Kypchlor, Niran, Octachlor, Sydane, Synklor, Termex, Termi-Ded, Terminator, Topiclor 20, Toxichlor, Velsicol 1068
Usesinsecticide and termiticide for empty greenhouses, structural pest control, greenhouse flowers, outdoor container nurseries, and grapefruit, insecticide to kill fire ants
ManufacturersAgrevo E (former mfg), Agsin Ptd. Ltd. (former mfg), Chevron Chemical (former mfg), Monsanto (former mfg), Paushak (former mfg), PPG Ind. (former mfg), Rigo Co. (former mfg), Savitri Pesticides & Agrochem Ltd. (former mfg), Velsicol Chemical (former mfg)

Priority Health Concerns for alpha-Chlordane
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
Reproductive SystemProbable Effects
CancerProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

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

References for Health Effects