chemical information
Chemical Class:

Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)

Chemical SubClass

Found in these people:

Anonymous Child #17, Anonymous Mom #17, Teo, Bronwyn, Olivia Brune, Mary Brune, Nicolas, Tess, Anonymous Mom #13, Anonymous Child #13, Naomi Carrigg, Laura Spark, Anonymous Child #11, Anonymous Mom #11, Mckenzie Green, Susanne Fleek, Lauren, Christi, Hannelore Peters, Erika Schreder, Conner Adams, Laurie Yung, Brynn Dickman, Hillary Dickman, Elijah Scheinz, Jennifer Scheinz, Natalie Comerford, Teri Olle, Tavin , Greta Hardin, Ruby Alcorn, Katrina Alcorn, Anonymous Child #42, Susan Comfort, Tracy Herndon, Zade Little, Maija West, Eva West, Liz, Evan

Found in these locations:

Riverside, CA; Alameda, CA; Portland, OR; Boston, MA; Washington, DC; Anchorage, AK; Minneapolis, MN; Seattle, WA; Missoula, MT; Colorado Springs, CO; Helena, MT; San Francisco, CA; Lake Forest Park, WA; Oakland, CA; Taos, NM; Clinton, CT


PBDE-197 has been found in 40 of the 40 people tested in EWG/Commonweal studies.

Top health concerns for PBDE-197 (References)

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

Results for PBDE-197

in blood serum (lipid weight)

Showing results from EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children

EWG/Commonweal results

  • geometric mean: 0.385 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • found in 40 of 40 people in the group
0.11 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum 1.95

PBDE-197 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.