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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beta-BHC was found in 10 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 270.9 to 1,686.3 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 4,206.6 to 34,400.0 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 beta-BHC
CAS RN319-85-7
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Trade and product namesHCH (Europe), hexachlor (Sweden), hexachloran (USSR)
Chemical functionsinsecticide
May be found in the following types of productsinsecticide
Usesinsecticide, Lindane breakdown product, no commercial uses
ManufacturersInquinosa International SA

Priority Health Concerns for beta-BHC
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
CancerKnown Effects
Reproductive SystemProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for beta-BHC
Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Brain, Nervous System, Cardiovascular System Or Blood, Immune System

References for Health Effects

Related EWG Materials
Human Toxome Projectbeta-BHC was found in 8 of the nine test subjects. The 8 people had an average of 351.8 and a range of 35.3 to 1,430.0.

Regulatory Status
EPA Office of Pesticide Programsbanned in the United States