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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Dieldrin was found in 10 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 1,154.4 to 3,255.9 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 4,936.2 to 35,200.0 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 Dieldrin
CAS RN60-57-1
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Related Chemical(s)Aldrin (precursor)
Trade and product namesAlvit, Dieldrex, Dieldrite, Illoxol, Octalox, Panoram, Quintox
Chemical functionsinsecticide
ManufacturersBell Chemical Co. (former mfg), Chem-nut (former mfg), Drew Industrial Division (former mfg), Farmingdale LTD (former mfg), Los Angeles Chemical Co. (former mfg), MFA Oil Co. (former mfg), Perk Products (former mfg), Prentiss Inc. (former mfg), Scallop Corp. (former mfg), Univar USA Inc. (former mfg), Wood Protection Products (former mfg)

Suspected Health Concerns for Dieldrin
Cardiovascular System Or Blood, Stomach Or Intestines, Kidney, Brain, Nervous System

References for Health Effects