about this participant:

Sara Corbett, a journalist from New York, participated in the 2007 biomonitoring investigation entitled "EWG Study #8, chemicals in mother and 2 children." She gave blood and urine for the study.


New York

Participant's groups:

Female, Anonymous Family #2, Adult


EWG Study #8, chemicals in mother and 2 children

health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Brain and nervous system155
Immune system (including sensitization and allergies)140
Reproduction and fertility36
Respiratory system4
Endocrine system2
Chronic effects, general2
Birth defects and developmental delays2

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Participant: Sara Corbett
Found 131-180 of 304 tested chemicals

Sara Corbett's blood and urine contained 131-180 of 304 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to brain and nervous system toxicity, immune system toxicity, and reproductive toxicity and fertility problems.

Summary of chemicals found in Sara Corbett

chemical family level found health effects exposure routes
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)moderateBrain and nervous system, Immune system (including sensitization and allergies) Dietary sources, fatty meat, dairy and fish
Organochlorine Pesticides (OCs)lowReproduction and fertility Contaminated food and drinking water
PhthalateslowEndocrine system Cosmetics, paint, soft plastic, food packaging, and other consumer products
Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)lowBirth defects and developmental delays, Cancer, Endocrine system Stain- and grease-proof coatings on food packaging, couches, carpets, pans
Bisphenol Alow Polycarbonate plastics, food can linings, dental sealants
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)

polychlorinated biphenyls (pcbs)

88-134 of 208 found — see each chemical

Banned industrial insulators and lubricants. Cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • cumulative level found: 53 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (63rd %ile)
  • Moderate vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (51st %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
2.95ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum600

Total Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

organochlorine pesticides (ocs)

15 of 28 found — see each chemical

Includes DDT, chlordane, other pesticides. Largely banned in the U.S. Build up in the human body over time. Cause cancer and reproductive harm.

  • cumulative level found: 50.7 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Moderate vs 27 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (75th %ile)
  • Low vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (15th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
0.615ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum2830

Total Organochlorine Pesticides (OCs)


7 of 7 found — see each chemical

In cosmetics, paint, and plastics. Linked to sperm damage and birth defects of male reproductive system.

  • cumulative level found: 142 ug/g creatinine in urine
  • Low vs 72 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (12th %ile)
  • Low vs 8,020 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (21st %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
102ug/g creatinine in urine10800

Total Phthalates

perfluorochemicals (pfcs)

3 of 13 found — see each chemical

Includes Teflon, Scotchgard, Stainmaster. Linked to cancer and birth defects.

  • cumulative level found: 8.29 ng/mL (wet weight) in blood serum
  • Low vs 55 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (13th %ile)
  • Low vs 3,959 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (9th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
2.63ng/mL (wet weight) in blood serum77.7

Total Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)

bisphenol a & badge

1 of 1 found

Detected in polycarbonate plastic, dental sealants, and resins that line metal cans. Linked to hormone disruption, birth defects, cancer with effects at very low doses.

  • level found: 1.21 ug/g creatinine in urine
  • Moderate vs 17 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (48th %ile)
  • Low vs 2,612 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (23rd %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
ug/g creatinine in urine6.06

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

17-20 of 46 found — see each chemical

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

  • cumulative level found: 16.6 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Moderate vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (38th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (26th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
1.11ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum314

Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Chemicals not found in Sara Corbett

124 chemicals

2,4'-DDD, 2,4'-DDE, 4,4'-DDD, Aldrin, Octachlorostyrene, trans-Chlordane, alpha-Endosulphan, Endrin, beta-Endosulphan, Endosulphan Sulphate, Endrin aldehyde, Endrin Ketone, Methoxychlor, PFUnA (Perfluoroundecanoic acid), PFPeA (Perfluoro-n-pentanoic acid), PFOSA (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid), PFHxS (Perfluorohexanesulfonate), PFHxA (Perfluorohexanoic acid), PFHpA (Perfluoroheptanoic acid), PFDoA (Perfluorododecanoic acid), PFDA (Perfluorodecanoic acid), PFBS (Perfluorobutane sulfonate), PFBA (Perfluorobutyric acid), PBDE-209, PBDE-206, PBDE-207, PBDE-128, PBDE-208, PBDE-181, PBDE-140, PBDE-51, PBDE-105, PBDE-119, PBDE-116, PBDE-71, PBDE-120, PBDE-75, PBDE-30, PBDE-32, PBDE-7, PBDE-8, PBDE-10, PBDE-126, PBDE-77, PBDE-35, PBDE-11, PBDE-37, PBDE-12, PBDE-13, PCB-96, PCB-94, PCB-9, PCB-89, PCB-82, PCB-81, PCB-80, PCB-8, PCB-79, PCB-78, PCB-77, PCB-73, PCB-72, PCB-7, PCB-67, PCB-6, PCB-58, PCB-57, PCB-56, PCB-55, PCB-54, PCB-5, PCB-48, PCB-46, PCB-43, PCB-4, PCB-39, PCB-38, PCB-36, PCB-35, PCB-34, PCB-27, PCB-25, PCB-24, PCB-23, PCB-22, PCB-204, PCB-2, PCB-192, PCB-19, PCB-188, PCB-186, PCB-184, PCB-182, PCB-176, PCB-169, PCB-162, PCB-161, PCB-159, PCB-155, PCB-152, PCB-150, PCB-15, PCB-148, PCB-145, PCB-141, PCB-142, PCB-14, PCB-131, PCB-122, PCB-121, PCB-112, PCB-106, PCB-104, PCB-103, PCB-10, PCB-91, PCB-88, PCB-143, PCB-13, PCB-124, PCB-134, PCB-12, PCB-107, Triclosan


[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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