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Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in General Consumer Products

Publication number Date Published Date Revised
14-04-035August 2014August 2014
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Author(s) Stone, Alex
Description In this study, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) evaluated the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in general consumer products. Particular emphasis was placed on products likely to be contaminated with PCBs due to the inadvertent production of PCBs in the manufacturing process. Although many chemicals may contain low levels of PCB contaminants due to use of chlorine in their manufacture, recent studies have shown PCB presence in pigments and dyes used in consumer products. Products known to contain PCB contaminants include paints (Hu, 2010), newspapers, glossy magazines, cereal boxes, yellow plastic bags, etc. (Rodenburg, 2012).
NOTES: 1/26/2015: Correction made on page 20. Previously read ‘…included a paint (DUTBDF) and printer ink (HP02XL) at 0.184 and 10.177 ppb, respectively.’ Now correctly reads ‘…included a paint (DUTBDF) and printer ink (HP02XL) at 0.184 and 0.177 ppb, respective
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Keywords persistent, bioaccumulative toxics, PBT, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), product testing, PBTs, PCBs
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