about this participant:

Eva West, from Taos, NM, participated in the 2008 biomonitoring investigation entitled "EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children." She gave blood for the study on December 12, 2006 at age 2.

Related links:

Taos, NM

Participant's groups:

Toddler, PBDE Family 19, Female, Child


EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children

Sample Date:

December 12, 2006

health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Reproduction and fertility8
Brain and nervous system8

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Participant: Eva West
Found 8 of 20 tested chemicals

Eva West's blood contained 8 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 Eva West

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)

8 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: 84.3 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
      [excludes PBDE-154/PBB-153]
  • High vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (87th %ile)
  • High vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (78th %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 Eva West

12 chemicals

PBDE-138, PBDE-183, PBDE-209, 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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