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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Heptachlor was found in 8 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 50.0 to 251.0 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 2 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations of 69.1 and 134.9 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

About Heptachlor
CAS RN76-44-8
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Manufacturing/ Use Statusthere are severe restrictions for use/production in the U.S.
Trade and product namesBiarbinex, Cupincida, Drinox, E3314, Fennotox, Heptagran, Heptamul, Heptox, Termide, Velsicol 104
Chemical functionsinsecticide
Usesinsecticide for termites, fire ants, soil insects on crops and in homes
Manufacturers(all former manufacturers) Wood Protection Products Inc., Cre-o-tox Chemical Products Co., Dettelbach Pesticide Corp, Farmco Industries Inc., Kalld Enterprises Inc. DBA, Micro-flo Company LLC, Nor-am Chemical Co., Velsicol Chemical Corp., Wilbur Ellis Co.

Priority Health Concerns for Heptachlor
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
CancerProbable Effects
Reproductive SystemProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for Heptachlor
Birth Defects / Developmental Delays, Stomach Or Intestines, Immune System, Brain, Nervous System

References for Health Effects