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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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Hexachlorobenzene was found in 10 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 1,553.0 to 4,105.9 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 11,183.7 to 24,418.7 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 Hexachlorobenzene
CAS RN118-74-1
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Manufacturing/ Use Statususe/production has been voluntarily discontinued in the U.S.
Trade and product namesAmatin, Anticarie, Bent-cure, Bent-No-more, Ceku C.B., Co-op-hexa, Granero, No Bunt, Perchlorobenzene, Res-Q, Sanocide, Snieciotox
Chemical functionsfungicide
May be found in the following types of products basic chemicals , basic industry, chemical industry, food (pollutant), fungicides, hcb is a by product and incinerated as waste, intermediates , no use, used in synthesis
Usesfungicide, fungicide to control wheat bunt, insecticide, microbiocide, pollution from waste incineration and fuel combustion (e.g. coal), used to manufacture pentachlorophenol, a wood preservative
ManufacturersBayer, Dow

Priority Health Concerns for Hexachlorobenzene
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
Reproductive SystemProbable Effects
Birth Defects / Developmental DelaysKnown Effects
CancerProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for Hexachlorobenzene
Cardiovascular System Or Blood, Skin, Brain, Nervous System, Kidney, Stomach Or Intestines, Hormone System, Female Reproductive System, Immune System

References for Health Effects

Related EWG Materials
Human Toxome ProjectHexachlorobenzene was found in 1 of the nine test subjects.

Regulatory Status
EPA Office of Pesticide Programsbanned in the United States