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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4,4'-DDE was found in 10 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 2,053.0 to 17,098.0 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 96,938.8 to 602,666.7 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 4,4'-DDE
CAS RN72-55-9
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Trade and product namesAnofex, Arkotine, Chlorphenothane, Dedelo, Genitox, Hildit, Pentachlorin, Rukseam, Zerdane
Chemical functionsinsecticide
May be found in the following types of productsfood (pollutant), insecticide
Usescontact poison, DDT breakdown product, insecticide, no commercial uses
ManufacturersAgrimont (former), BFC Chem (former), Ciba-Geigy (former), Hindustan Insecticides Ltd., Shell International Chemical (former), Shenzhen Jiangshan Commerce & Industry Corp.

Priority Health Concerns for 4,4'-DDE
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
CancerKnown Effects
Reproductive SystemProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for 4,4'-DDE
Birth Defects / Developmental Delays, Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Brain, Nervous System

References for Health Effects

Related EWG Materials
Human Toxome Project4,4'-DDE was found in 7 of the nine test subjects. The 7 people had an average of 243.2 and a range of 94.8 to 474.0.

Regulatory Status
EPA Office of Pesticide Programsbanned in the United States