chemical information
Chemical Class:

Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)

Chemical SubClass

Found in these people:

Jennifer Scheinz, Lisa

Found in these locations:

Helena, MT; Portland, OR


In PBDE chemical family - fire retardant in furniture foam, computers, televisions; may harm brain development and hormone systems.

PBDE-3 has been found in 2 of the 20 people tested in EWG/Commonweal studies.

Top health concerns for PBDE-3 (References)

health concern or target organ weight of evidence
Reproduction and fertilityunknown
Brain and nervous systemunknown

Results for PBDE-3

in breast milk (lipid weight)

Showing results from EWG Study #2, flame retardants in breast milk

EWG/Commonweal results

  • geometric mean: 0.0555 ppb (lipid weight) in breast milk
  • found in 2 of 20 people in the group
ppb (lipid weight) in breast milk 0.2

PBDE-3 results

Detailed toxicity classifications (References)

classification governing entity/references
Reproductive effects - weight of evidence unknown/unassessedMcDonald, T. A. (2002). A perspective on the potential health risks of PBDEs. Chemosphere 46: 11.
Nervous system toxicity - weight of evidence unknown/unassessedViberg, H., Fredriksson, A., Jakobsson, E., Orn, U., Eriksson, P. (2003). Neurobehavioral derangements in adult mice receiving decabrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE 209) during a defined period of neonatal brain development. Toxicol Sci 76(1): 112-20.