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'-DDT was not found in any of the 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004. It was found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 1,908.2 to 12,720.0 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 4,4'-DDT
CAS RN50-29-3
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Manufacturing/ Use Statusbanned for use/manufacture in the U.S.
Trade and product namesAgritan, Anofex, Arkotine, Azotox, Chlorphenothane, Dedelo, Genitox, Gesapon, Gesarex, Gesarol, Guesapon, Hildit, Ixodex, Neocid, Pentachlorin, Rukseam, Zerdane
Chemical functionsinsecticide
May be found in the following types of productschemical industry, food (pollutant), insecticide, intermediates, used in synthesis
Usescontact poison, insecticide
ManufacturersAgrimont (former mfg), Agrimont (former), BFC Chem (former mfg), BFC Chem (former), Ciba-Geigy (former mfg), Ciba-Geigy (former), FMC Corp Agricultural P, Hindustan Insecticides Ltd., Montrose Chemical Corp of CA (former mfg), Shell International Chemical (former mfg), Shell International Chemical (former), Shenzhen Jiangshan Commerce & Industry Corp.

Priority Health Concerns for 4,4'-DDT
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
Birth Defects / Developmental DelaysKnown Effects
CancerKnown Effects
Reproductive SystemKnown Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for 4,4'-DDT
Immune System, Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Brain, Nervous System, Lungs/breathing, Skin, Cardiovascular System Or Blood

References for Health Effects

Related EWG Materials
Human Toxome Project4,4'-DDT was found in 6 of the nine test subjects. The 6 people had an average of 145.4 and a range of 80.4 to 248.0.

Regulatory Status
EPA Office of Pesticide Programsbanned in the United States