EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children

health & safety concerns:
chemicals found
on average indivi-
dual range
entire group
Reproduction and fertility 8 7-11 11
Brain and nervous system 8 7-11 11

Group members:

(40 People)

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


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

picture of group

Group: EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children
Found 11 of 20 tested chemicals (40 participants)

The blood of the "EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children" group contained 11 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 EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children

chemical family level found in group health effects exposure routes
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)10% high
78% moderate
13% low
Reproduction and fertility, Brain and nervous system Foam furniture, carpet padding, computers, televisions, contaminated house dust, food

Test results by chemical family (see each chemical)

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

11 of 20 found — see each chemical

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

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

1.11ng/g lipids in blood serum314

Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)


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