about this participant:

May, 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 at age 4.


New York

Participant's groups:

Toddler, Female, Anonymous Family #2


EWG Study #8, chemicals in mother and 2 children

health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Immune system (including sensitization and allergies)4
Respiratory system4
Chronic effects, general2
Endocrine system1
Gastrointestinal (including liver)1

picture of May

Participant: May
Found 7 of 8 tested chemicals

May's blood and urine contained 7 of 8 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to immune system toxicity, respiratory system toxicity, and chronic effects.

  • This participant's samples show above average levels of Phthalates, compared to all others in EWG studies

Summary of chemicals found in May

chemical family level found health effects exposure routes
PhthalatesmoderateEndocrine system Cosmetics, paint, soft plastic, food packaging, and other consumer products

Test results by chemical family (see each chemical)


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: 362 ug/g creatinine in urine
  • Moderate vs 72 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (56th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 8,020 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (58th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
102ug/g creatinine in urine10800

Total Phthalates

Chemicals not found in May

1 chemicals

Bisphenol A


[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.)

See results for this participant's group