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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  1,2,3,7,8-PeCDF (pentafuran)

1,2,3,7,8-PeCDF (pentafuran) was found in 1 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at a concentration of 2.9 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 4.8 to 7.7 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

In chlorinated furan family of chemicals - pollutants from PVC production, industrial bleaching, incineration; cause cancer, may harm hormone system.

About 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDF (pentafuran)
CAS RN57117-41-6
Chemical ClassChlorinated furan
Chemical SubClassPentachlorinated furan
Manufacturing/ Use Statusthere are no restrictions on the production/use in the U.S.
Usesno commercial uses, pollution from incineration of products containing brominated fire retardants, pollution from incineration, chlorine bleaching, PVC plastic production, and other industrial processes

Priority Health Concerns for 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDF (pentafuran)
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
Immune SystemProbable Effects
Birth Defects / Developmental DelaysKnown Effects
CancerKnown Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDF (pentafuran)
Female Reproductive System, Reproductive System, Hearing, Brain, Nervous System, Kidney, Stomach Or Intestines, Hormone System, Cardiovascular System Or Blood, Male Reproductive System, Lungs/breathing, Skin

References for Health Effects