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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gamma-Chlordane was found in 9 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 100.4 to 391.1 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 246.2 to 1,277.3 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 gamma-Chlordane
CAS RN57-74-2
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Manufacturing/ Use Statusbanned for use/manufacture in the U.S.
Trade and product namesBelt, Chlor Kil, Chlortox, Corodan, Corodane, Gold Crest C-100, Intox, Kilex, Kilex Lindane, Kypchlor, Niran, Octachlor, Sydane, Synklor, Termex, Termi-Ded, Terminator, Topiclor 20, Toxichlor, Velsicol 1068
Chemical functionsinsecticide, termiticide
May be found in the following types of productsbanned insecticide, food (pollutant)
Usesinsecticide and termiticide for empty greenhouses, structural pest control, greenhouse flowers, outdoor container nurseries, and grapefruit, insecticide to kill fire ants
ManufacturersAgrevo E (former mfg), Agsin Ptd. Ltd. (former mfg), Chevron Chemical (former mfg), Chevron Chemical (former), Monsanto (former mfg), Monsanto (former), Paushak (former mfg), Paushak (former), PPG Ind. (former mfg), PPG Ind. (former), Rigo Co. (former mfg), Rigo Co. (former), Savitri Pesticides & Agrochem Ltd. (former mfg), Savitri Pesticides & Agrochem Ltd. (former), Velsicol Chemical (former mfg), Velsicol Chemical (former)

Priority Health Concerns for gamma-Chlordane
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
CancerKnown Effects
Reproductive SystemProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for gamma-Chlordane
Cardiovascular System Or Blood, Immune System, Birth Defects / Developmental Delays, Vision, Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Brain, Nervous System, Liver, Lungs/breathing

References for Health Effects

Regulatory Status
EPA Office of Pesticide Programsbanned in the United States (1988)