The EWG tested the cord blood of 10 minority newborns. BPA was found in 9 out of 10 samples. Tetrabromobisphenol A was detected for the first time. TBBPA is a toxic flame retardant in computer circuit boards, fragrances, cosmetics, and detergents. Perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA) was also detected. PFBA is a member of the Teflon family so it can be found in non-stick coatings, textiles, and food packaging. Over 200 different chemical were detected in the cord blood of these 10 babies.
The cord blood came from 5 different states. EWG’s senior scientist and co-author of the report, Dr. Anila Jacob said they asked for minority cord blood because “in a sense our mission here is to map the degree of chemical contamination within the U.S. population. This is one segment that hasn’t been tested very much for chemical exposure—babies of racial or ethnic minority groups.”