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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Mirex was found in 10 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 59.1 to 674.5 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 2,341.8 to 11,333.3 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 Mirex
CAS RN2385-85-5
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Manufacturing/ Use Statusbanned for use/manufacture in the U.S.
Trade and product namesDechlorane, Ferriamicide, Mirex
Chemical functionsflame retardant, insecticide
May be found in the following types of productsbanned insecticide, electronic equipment, food (pollutant), paint, paper, plastic, rubber
Usesfire retardant for plastics, rubber, paint, paper, electrical goods, flame retardant, insecticide, Insecticide used to control fire ants
ManufacturersAllied Chemical Corp., Occidental Chemical Corp. (former mfg)

Priority Health Concerns for Mirex
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
CancerKnown Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for Mirex
Male Reproductive System, Cardiovascular System Or Blood, Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Brain, Nervous System, Liver

References for Health Effects

Regulatory Status
EPA Office of Pesticide Programsbanned in the United States (1976)