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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oxy-Chlordane was found in 8 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 625.0 to 4,588.2 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 2 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations of 10,127.6 and 22,710.3 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 oxy-Chlordane
CAS RN57-74-9
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, 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 oxy-Chlordane
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
Reproductive SystemProbable Effects
CancerProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

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

References for Health Effects