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 Epoxide

Heptachlor Epoxide was found in 9 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 87.6 to 818.0 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 2 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations of 1,892.9 and 2,275.7 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 Heptachlor Epoxide
CAS RN1024-57-3
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Related Chemical(s)Heptachlor (precursor)
Chemical functionsinsecticide
UsesHeptachlor breakdown product, no commercial uses
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 Epoxide
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
CancerProbable Effects
Reproductive SystemProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

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

References for Health Effects