about this participant:

Rani Corey-Sheaffer, a non-profit program director from Jamiaca Plain, MA, participated in the 2003 biomonitoring investigation entitled "EWG Study #2, flame retardants in breast milk." She gave breast milk for the study on June 8, 2003 at age 30, when her baby, Samuel, was 34 days old.

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Jamiaca Plain, MA

Participant's groups:

Women of Childbearing Age, Female, Adult


EWG Study #2, flame retardants in breast milk

Sample Date:

June 8, 2003

health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Reproduction and fertility23
Brain and nervous system23

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Participant: Rani Corey-Sheaffer
Found 20-23 of 44 tested chemicals

Rani Corey-Sheaffer's breast milk contained 20-23 of 44 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 Rani Corey-Sheaffer

chemical family level found health effects exposure routes
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)moderateReproduction 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)

20-23 of 44 found — see each chemical

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

  • cumulative level found: 24.9 ppb (lipid weight) in breast milk
  • Moderate vs 20 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (30th %ile)
9.51ppb (lipid weight) in breast milk1080

Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Chemicals not found in Rani Corey-Sheaffer

21 chemicals

PBDE-30, PBDE-3, PBDE-2, PBDE-1, PBDE-13, PBDE-12, PBDE-35, PBDE-77, PBDE-10, PBDE-7, PBDE-32, PBDE-8, PBDE-116, PBDE-119, PBDE-105, PBDE-190, PBDE-181, PBDE-208, PBDE-207, PBDE-206, PBDE-11


[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.)

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