chemical information


Chemical Class:

Organochlorine Pesticide (OC)

Found in these people:

Anonymous Adult 1, U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter

Found in these locations:

Upstate New York, NY


Organochlorine chemical, a class largely banned in the U.S. that builds up in the body over time, linked to cancer and reproductive harm.

2,4'-DDE has been found in 4 of the 18 people tested in EWG/Commonweal studies.

Top health concerns for 2,4'-DDE (References)

health concern or target organ weight of evidence
Reproduction and fertilityunknown

Results for 2,4'-DDE

in blood serum (lipid weight)

Showing results from EWG/Commonweal Study #4, industrial chemicals and pesticides in cord blood, San Francisco Reporter, EWG Study #8, chemicals in mother and 2 children, EWG Study #3, industrial chemicals and pesticides in adults

EWG/Commonweal results

  • geometric mean: 0.0475 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • found in 4 of 18 people in the group
ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum 0.477

2,4'-DDE results

Detailed toxicity classifications (References)

classification governing entity/references
Reproductive effects - weight of evidence unknown/unassessedDamgaard, I. N., N. E. Skakkebaek, et al. (2006). Persistent pesticides in human breast milk and cryptorchidism. Environ Health Perspect 114(7): 1133-8.