about this participant:

Olivia Brune, from Alameda, CA, participated in the 2008 biomonitoring investigation entitled "EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children." She gave blood for the study on October 27, 2006 at age 2.

Related links:

Alameda, CA

Participant's groups:

Toddler, PBDE Family 15, Female, Child


EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children

Sample Date:

October 27, 2006

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

picture of Olivia Brune

Participant: Olivia Brune
Found 9 of 20 tested chemicals

Olivia Brune'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 Olivia Brune

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)

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: 69.6 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
      [excludes PBDE-154/PBB-153]
  • High vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (80th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (72nd %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 Olivia Brune

11 chemicals

PBDE-138, PBDE-183, 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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