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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PCB-8 was found in 9 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 11.7 to 63.4 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 37.6 to 107.4 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

In polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) family of chemicals - banned industrial insulators and lubricants; cause cancer and nervous system problems.

About PCB-8 *
CAS RN34883-43-7
Chemical ClassPolychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)
Chemical SubClassDi-PCB
Manufacturing/ Use Statusbanned for use/manufacture in the U.S.

* Information may include trade names, manufacturers, and products for other chemicals in the Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) class.

Priority Health Concerns for PCB-8
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
CancerKnown Effects
Birth Defects / Developmental DelaysKnown Effects
Brain, Nervous SystemKnown Effects
HearingKnown Effects
Immune SystemProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for PCB-8
Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Kidney, Reproductive System, Lungs/breathing, Skin, Liver, Cardiovascular System Or Blood, Male Reproductive System, Female Reproductive System

References for Health Effects

Related EWG Materials
Human Toxome ProjectPCB-8 was found in 9 of the nine test subjects. The 9 people had an average of 2,984.4 and a range of 1,050.0 to 5,080.0.