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Mexican-American Children Have High Levels of Flame-Retardants in Blood
Date:4/20/2011

study, researchers compared blood samples from 264 Mexican-American 7-year-olds in California and 283 children in Mexico, aged 5. The samples were analyzed for PBDEs and the pesticide DDT.

Levels of DDT and its breakdown product DDE were lower in the Mexican-American children in California than those in Mexico.

DDT has been banned in the United States since 1972.

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The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has more about PBDEs.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Environmental Health Perspectives, news release, April 15, 2011


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