about this participant:

Darcy White, a Registered Nurse from Raytown, MO, participated in the 2003 biomonitoring investigation entitled "EWG Study #2, flame retardants in breast milk." She gave breast milk for the study on March 11, 2003 at age 28, when her baby, Katelyn, was 25 days old.

Related links:

Raytown, MO

Participant's groups:

Women of Childbearing Age, Female, Adult


EWG Study #2, flame retardants in breast milk

Sample Date:

March 11, 2003

health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Reproduction and fertility26
Brain and nervous system26

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Participant: Darcy White
Found 22-26 of 44 tested chemicals

Darcy White's breast milk contained 22-26 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 Darcy White

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

22-26 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: 1080 ppb (lipid weight) in breast milk
  • High vs 20 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (99th %ile)
9.51ppb (lipid weight) in breast milk1080

Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Chemicals not found in Darcy White

18 chemicals

PBDE-32, PBDE-3, PBDE-2, PBDE-1, PBDE-13, PBDE-12, PBDE-35, PBDE-77, PBDE-10, PBDE-207, PBDE-30, PBDE-71, PBDE-116, PBDE-119, PBDE-105, PBDE-190, PBDE-181, PBDE-208


[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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