about this participant:

Anonymous Mom #11, from Washington, DC, participated in the 2008 biomonitoring investigation entitled "EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children." She gave blood for the study on November 7, 2006 at age 33.

Related links:

Washington, DC

Participant's groups:

PBDE Family 11, Moms, Female, Adult


EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children

Sample Date:

November 7, 2006

health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Reproduction and fertility9
Brain and nervous system9

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Participant: Anonymous Mom #11
Found 9 of 20 tested chemicals

Anonymous Mom #11's blood contained 9 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 Anonymous Mom #11

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

9 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.

  • cumulative level found: 12.8 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
      [excludes PBDE-154/PBB-153]
  • Moderate vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (28th %ile)
  • Low vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (19th %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 Anonymous Mom #11

11 chemicals

PBDE-85, PBDE-138, PBDE-17, PBDE-66, PBDE-71, PBDE-206, PBDE-207, PBDE-208, PBDE-196, PBDE-201, PBDE-203


[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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