GROUP:

PBDE Family 16


health & safety concerns:
chemicals found
on average indivi-
dual range
entire group
Reproduction and fertility 9 8-10 10
Brain and nervous system 9 8-10 10

Group members:

(2 People)

Teo
Bronwyn


Locations:

Riverside, CA



picture of group

Group: PBDE Family 16
Found 10 of 20 tested chemicals (2 participants)

The blood of the "PBDE Family 16" group contained 10 of 20 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to reproductive toxicity and fertility problems, brain and nervous system toxicity,

Summary of chemicals found in PBDE Family 16

chemical family level found in group health effects exposure routes
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)50% moderate
50% low
Reproduction and fertility, Brain and nervous system Foam furniture, carpet padding, computers, televisions, contaminated house dust, food

Detailed report by chemical (return to summary)

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

10 of 20 found

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Fire retardants in furniture foam, computers, and televisions. Accumulate in human tissues. May harm brain development.

  • geometric mean: 29.4 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 26.3 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
      [excludes PBDE-154/PBB-153]
  • found in 2 of 2 people in the group (vs. 2,037 of 2,337 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Bronwyn, Teo
1.11ng/g lipids in blood serum314


Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

  • geometric mean: 0.267 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 0.385 in all EWG/Commonweal studies)
  • found in 2 of 2 people in the group (vs. 40 of 40 in all EWG/Commonweal studies)
  • found in: Bronwyn, Teo
0.11ng/g lipids in blood serum1.95


Brominated fire retardants currently used in plastics and fabric. The major use is in electronic devices; the minor use is as a backcoating on industrial fabrics. Are directly toxic to mammals and breakdown to more dangerous forms in the environment.

A fire retardant used in TVs, monitors and electronics. Growing evidence that chemical breaks down in the environment to more persistent and toxic forms.

  • geometric mean: 3.69 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. in all EWG/Commonweal studies)
  • found in 2 of 2 people in the group (vs. 37 of 116 in all EWG/Commonweal studies)
  • found in: Bronwyn, Teo
ng/g lipids in blood serum270


Brominated flame retardants used in plastics. Break down into more toxic and persistent forms in the environment. Withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

  • geometric mean: 0.297 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 0.0626 in all EWG/Commonweal studies)
  • found in 1 of 2 people in the group (vs. 73 of 116 in all EWG/Commonweal studies)
  • found in: Teo
0.0122ng/g lipids in blood serum4.31


Brominated fire retardants used in foam and plastics. Break down into more toxic and persistent forms in the environment. Withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

  • geometric mean: 5.62 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 4.1 in all EWG/Commonweal studies)
  • found in 2 of 2 people in the group (vs. 116 of 116 in all EWG/Commonweal studies)
  • found in: Bronwyn, Teo
0.238ng/g lipids in blood serum76.9


  • geometric mean: 1.77 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 2.48 in all EWG/Commonweal studies)
  • found in 2 of 2 people in the group (vs. 38 of 38 in all EWG/Commonweal studies)
  • found in: Bronwyn, Teo
0.45ng/g lipids in blood serum15.4


Brominated fire retardants used in polyurethan foam and plastics. These PBDEs are neurotoxic and persist in people and the environment. They were withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

  • geometric mean: 2.23 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 3.03 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
  • found in 2 of 2 people in the group (vs. 1,918 of 2,337 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Bronwyn, Teo
0.00528ng/g lipids in blood serum32.6


  • geometric mean: 0.445 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 0.839 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
  • found in 1 of 2 people in the group (vs. 512 of 2,337 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Teo
0.000971ng/g lipids in blood serum2.27


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

  • geometric mean: 3.14 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 4.32 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
  • found in 2 of 2 people in the group (vs. 1,395 of 2,337 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Bronwyn, Teo
0.0786ng/g lipids in blood serum31.2


Brominated fire retardants used in polyurethan foam and plastics. These PBDEs are neurotoxic and persist in people and the environment. They were withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

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

  • geometric mean: 13.3 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 15 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
  • found in 2 of 2 people in the group (vs. 1,975 of 2,337 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Bronwyn, Teo
0.33ng/g lipids in blood serum143


Brominated fire retardants used in polyurethan foam and plastics. These PBDEs are neurotoxic and persist in people and the environment. They were withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

  • geometric mean: 0.556 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 0.3 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
  • found in 2 of 2 people in the group (vs. 100 of 2,337 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Bronwyn, Teo
0.0385ng/g lipids in blood serum6.17


References/Notes

[1] CDC (2005). National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, Centers for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/. (Methylmercury results have been compared to total mercury in CDC biomonitoring.)