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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  1,2,3,7,8-PeCDD (pentadioxin)

1,2,3,7,8-PeCDD (pentadioxin) was found in 1 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at a concentration of 3.1 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

In dioxin family of chemicals - pollutants from PVC production, industrial bleaching, incineration; cause cancer, may harm hormone system.

About 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDD (pentadioxin)
CAS RN40321-76-4
Chemical ClassChlorinated dioxin
Chemical SubClassPentachlorinated dioxin
Manufacturing/ Use Statusthis chemical is not intentionally produced, it is a byproduct of another application
May be found in the following types of productsfood (pollutant)
Usesno commercial uses, pollution from incineration of products containing brominated fire retardants, pollution from incineration, chlorine bleaching, PVC plastic production, and other industrial processes

Priority Health Concerns for 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDD (pentadioxin)
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
Birth Defects / Developmental DelaysKnown Effects
CancerKnown Effects
Immune SystemProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDD (pentadioxin)
Lungs/breathing, Stomach Or Intestines, Reproductive System, Kidney, Hormone System, Skin, Cardiovascular System Or Blood, Male Reproductive System, Brain, Nervous System, Female Reproductive System

References for Health Effects

Related EWG Materials
Human Toxome Project1,2,3,7,8-PeCDD (pentadioxin) was found in 9 of the nine test subjects. The 9 people had an average of 10.2 and a range of 7.0 to 14.5.