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DDT, p,p' - Identification, toxicity, use, water pollution potential, ecological toxicity and regulatory information

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Identifying information, including synonyms, ID numbers, use type, chemical classification, a link to a list of all products containing this chemical and a list of the top crops this pesticide is used on in California.
Signs and symptoms of poisoning, first aid, and links to treatment information for this chemical.
Link to information on toxicity to humans, including carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and acute toxicity.
Links to world-wide registration status as well as regulatory information for the U.S. and California.
Water quality standards and physical properties affecting water contamination potential.
Toxicity to aquatic organisms.
List of chemicals in the same family, including breakdown products, salts, esters, isomers, and other derivatives.
 

Chemical Identification and Use for DDT, p,p'

Basic Identification Information About This Chemical
Chemical Name: DDT, p,p'
CAS Number: 50-29-3 (p,p'-DDT)
U.S. EPA PC Code: 029201
CA DPR Chem Code: 186
Molecular Weight: 354.49
Molecular Structure:
Use Type: Insecticide
Chem Class: Organochlorine
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Additional Resources About This Chemical Class and Use Type
 
Other Names for this Chemical
About Chemical Synonyms
(US EPA PC Code ) , 022 (PDP Code) , 029201 (US EPA PC Code Text ) , 1,1'-(2,2,2-Trichloroethylidene)bis[4-chlorobenzene] , 1,1,1-Trichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethane , 1,1-Bis(p-chlorophenyl)-2,2,2-trichloroethane , 186 (CA DPR Chem Code) ) , 4,4'-DDT , 50-29-3 (CAS number) , 50293 , 50293 (CAS number without hyphens) , 906 (PDP Code) , Anofex , Chlorophenothane , D.D.T. , DDT (4,4'-Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) , DDT (CA DPR Chem Code Text ) , DDT (Dichlorodiphenyl-trichloroethane) , DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) , DDT p,p' , DDT p,p'-DDT, , DDT residues , DDT, p,p' , DDT, p,p'- , DDTpp' , Dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane , Dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane (DDT) , Dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane (no longer permitted in pesticides) (NO INERT USE) , Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane , Genitox , o,p' -DDT , OMS 16 , p,p'-DDT , p,p'-Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane
 
Products Containing This Chemical
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Signs and Symptoms of DDT, p,p' Poisoning

NOTE! There may be other diseases and chemicals that have similar symptoms.

If you have a poisoning emergency in the United States call 1-800-222-1222.
If the victim has collapsed or is unconscious, call 911.

DDT, p,p' is a Organochlorine compound.

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Symptoms of Poisoning with Organochlorine Compounds
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- Hypersensitive to stimulation, sensation of prickling, tingling or creeping on skin.
- Headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incoordination, tremor, mental confusion, hyperexcitable state.
- In severe cases: convulsions, seizures, coma and respiratory depression.

Source for Group Symptoms: Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisoning, 5th edition, U.S. EPA, Chapter 6.

Treatment for Organochlorine Poisoning

See: Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisoning, 5th edition, U.S. EPA, Chapter 6, page 58.

 
Symptoms of DDT, p,p' Exposure from the International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC)

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NOTE! PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! STRICT HYGIENE!
General First Aid: IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR!

Route of Exposure

Symptoms

First Aid

Inhalation Cough. Fresh air rest. Artificial respiration if indicated. Refer for medical attention.
Skin Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
Eyes First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible) then take to a doctor.
Ingestion Tremors. Convulsions. Diarrhoea. Dizziness. Vomiting. Numbness. Paresthesias. Hyperexcitability. Rinse mouth. Give a slurry of activated charcoal in water to drink. Induce vomiting (ONLY IN CONSCIOUS PERSONS!). Rest. Refer for medical attention.
Notes for ICSC Information
Explosive limits are unknown in literature. Depending on the degree of exposure periodic medical examination is indicated. Carrier solvents used in commercial formulations may change physical and toxicological properties. Do NOT take working clothes home. Agritan Azotox Anofex Ixodex Gesapon Gesarex Gesarol Guesapon and Neocid are trade names.
 

Toxicity Information for DDT, p,p'

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Summary Toxicity Information

PAN Bad Actor
Chemical
1
Acute
Toxicity
2
Carcinogen Cholinesterase
Inhibitor
Ground
Water Contaminant
Developmental or
Reproductive Toxin
Endocrine
Disruptor
Moderate
No
Suspected
 
Indicates high toxicity in the given toxicological category. Indicates no available weight-of-the-evidence summary assessment. For additional information on toxicity from scientific journals or registration documents, see the "Additional Resources for Toxicity " section of the chemical detail page.
1. PAN Bad Actors are chemicals that are one or more of the following: highly acutely toxic, cholinesterase inhibitor, known/probable carcinogen, known groundwater pollutant or known reproductive or developmental toxicant. NOTE! Because there are no authoritative lists of Endocrine Disrupting (ED) chemicals, EDs are not yet considered PAN Bad Actor chemicals.
2. The acute toxicity reported on this page is of the pure chemical ingredient only and may not reflect the acute toxicity of individual pesticide products. To view acute toxicity of individual products, click on 'View Products' link in the 'Chemical Identification' section above.

Detailed Toxicity Information

Acute Toxicity 2
DDT, p,p'
WHO Acute Hazard
TRI Acute Hazard
Material Safety Data Sheets
Acute rating from U.S. EPA product label
U.S. NTP Acute Toxicity Studies
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Cholinesterase Inhibitor
II, Moderately Hazardous
Not Listed
Not Available
Slightly Toxic
Moderately Toxic

No
2. The acute toxicity reported on this page is of the pure chemical ingredient only and may not reflect the acute toxicity of individual pesticide products. To view acute toxicity of individual products, click on 'View Products' link in the 'Chemical Identification' section above.
 
Cancer Information
DDT, p,p'
IARC Carcinogens
U.S. NTP Carcinogens
California Prop 65 Known Carcinogens
U.S. EPA Carcinogens
TRI Carcinogen
2B, Possible
Reasonably Anticipated
Yes
B2, Probable
Not Listed
 
Endocrine Disruption
DDT, p,p'
Illinois EPA list
Keith list
Colborn list
Benbrook list
Danish Inert list
EU list
Known
Yes
Yes
Not Listed
Not listed
Yes
 
Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity
DDT, p,p'
CA Prop 65 Developmental Toxin
U.S. TRI Developmental Toxin
CA Prop 65 Female Reproductive Toxin
CA Prop 65 Male Reproductive Toxin
U.S. TRI Reproductive Toxin
Yes
Not Listed
Yes
Yes
Not Listed
 
Chemicals of Special Concern
DDT, p,p'
PAN Bad Actors
PAN Dirty Dozen list
Yes
Yes
 

Water Pollution Potential and Criteria for DDT, p,p'

Water Pollution Potential

PAN Ground Water Contaminant Rating Insufficient Data
 
Physical Property Data Related to Water Contamination Potential
Water Solubility (Avg, mg/L)
Adsorption Coefficient (Koc)
Hydrolysis Half-life (Avg, Days)
Aerobic Soil Half-life (Avg, Days)
Anaerobic Soil Half-life (Avg, Days)
0.0060
151,000
-
6,200
-
 
 

Water Standards and Criteria

U.S. National Water Quality Criteria
g/L unless noted  
Fresh Water Quality Criteria Continuous Exposure 0.0010 Notes: g,aa,ii  
Fresh Water Quality Criteria Maximum Peak 1.10 Notes: g,ii  
Salt Water Quality Criteria Continuous Exposure 0.0010 Notes: g,aa,ii
Salt Water Quality Criteria Max 0.13 Notes: g,ii
Human Consumption of Organisms from Water Source 0.0002 Notes: b,c
Human Consumption of Water and Organisms from Water Source 0.0002 Notes: b,c
Taste and Odor Criteria
WHO Water Quality Criteria
Concentration (μg/l unless otherwise noted) 1.0
Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Agricultural Water Uses
g/L unless noted  
Irrigation Water Guidelines
Livestock Water Guidelines (interim), Notes: a
 

Regulatory Information for DDT, p,p'

International Regulatory Status

 
UNEP Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP)
UNEP Prior Informed Consent Chemical (PIC)
WHO Obsolete Pesticide
Yes
Yes
Not Listed
 

U.S. and California Regulatory Status

U.S. EPA Registered
U.S. EPA Hazardous Air Pollutant
U.S. EPA Minimum Risk Pesticide (25b list)

CA Registered
CA Groundwater Contaminant
CA Toxic Air Contaminant
No
Not Listed
No

No
Not Listed
Not Listed
 

Maximum Tolerance and Residue Levels

Codex Alimentarius
   (UN FAO Maximum Residue Limits)
U.S. Maximum Tolerance Levels
European Union Maximum Residue Levels
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Ecotoxicity for DDT, p,p'

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Aquatic Ecotoxicity

All Toxic Effects for Organism Group
Organism Group Effects Noted
Amphibians Accumulation, Behavior, Cell(s), Development, Enzyme(s), Growth, Histology, Hormone(s), Morphology, Mortality, Physiology, Population
Annelida Accumulation, Biochemistry, Growth, Intoxication, Mortality, Population
AquaticPlants Accumulation, Growth, Mortality, Physiology, Population
Cnidaria Population
Crustaceans Accumulation, Avoidance, Behavior, Biochemistry, Development, Enzyme(s), Genetics, Growth, Histology, Intoxication, Mortality, No Effect Coded, Physiology, Population
Echinoderms Development, Genetics, Intoxication, Mortality, Reproduction
Fish Accumulation, Avoidance, Behavior, Biochemistry, Cell(s), Development, Enzyme(s), Feeding Behavior, Growth, Histology, Injury, Intoxication, Morphology, Mortality, Physiology, Reproduction
Fungi Physiology
Insects Accumulation, Behavior, Development, Enzyme(s), Intoxication, Mortality, Population, Reproduction
MarineBenthicCommunity Accumulation
Molluscs Accumulation, Behavior, Development, Enzyme(s), Growth, Histology, Morphology, Mortality, Physiology, Population, Reproduction
NematodesandFlatworms Accumulation, Behavior, Growth, Mortality, Physiology, Population, Reproduction
Phytoplankton Accumulation, Biochemistry, Cell(s), Growth, Mortality, Physiology, Population
TerrestrialPlants Accumulation
Zooplankton Accumulation, Avoidance, Behavior, Biochemistry, Cell(s), Development, Growth, Histology, Intoxication, Mortality, No Effect Coded, Physiology, Population, Reproduction
~ Un-Assigned Accumulation, Biochemistry, Development, Mortality, Population
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Summary of Acute Toxicity for Organism Group
Organism Group Average Acute Toxicity Acute Toxicity Range
Amphibians Slightly Toxic Slight to High Toxicity
Annelida Moderately Toxic Moderate to High Toxicity
Crustaceans Very Highly Toxic High to Very High Toxicity
Fish Highly Toxic Moderate to Very High Toxicity
Insects Highly Toxic Slight to Very High Toxicity
Molluscs Moderately Toxic Slight to Very High Toxicity
NematodesandFlatworms Moderately Toxic Slight to Moderate Toxicity
Phytoplankton Very Highly Toxic Very Highly Toxic
Zooplankton Moderately Toxic Slight to Very High Toxicity
~ Un-Assigned Highly Toxic High to Very High Toxicity
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Terrestrial Ecotoxicity

Summary of Acute Toxicity for Organism Group
Organism Group Average Acute Toxicity Acute Toxicity Range
HoneybeesModerately ToxicModerately Toxic
Note: Population-level effects on honeybees may occur even if a pesticide has low acute toxicity. For example, certain pesticides interfere with honeybee reproduction, ability to navigate, or temperature regulation, any of which can have an effect on long-term survival of honeybee colonies. The neonicotinoids, pyrethroids and keto-enol pesticides are some types of pesticides causing one or more of these effects.
Honeybee Chronic Toxicity

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Related Chemicals for DDT, p,p'

CAS Number Relation Reason Chemical Name Chem Detail Symptoms California Use Chem Use Type U.S. EPA Reg PAN Bad Actor
50-29-3 Parent P DDT, p,p' View View View Insecticide No Yes
Related 3 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis-(4-ethyl-phenyl) ethane View View View No Not Listed
43216-70-2 Related 5a,6 3-OH-o,p'-DDT View View View Breakdown product No Not Listed
65148-73-4 Related 5a,6 5-OH-o,p'-DDT View View View Breakdown product No Not Listed
Related 5a DDD, o,p View View View Breakdown product No Not Listed
Related 5a,8 DDD, other related View View View Breakdown product No Not Listed
72-54-8, 53-19-0 Related 5a DDD, p,p' View View View Insecticide, Breakdown product No Yes
72-55-9, 3424-82-6 Related 5a DDE View View View Breakdown product No Yes
Related 5a DDE, o,p View View View Breakdown product No Not Listed
Related 13 DDT, DDE, DDD (in combination) View View View Insecticide No Not Listed
789-02-6 Related 6 DDT, o,p View View View Insecticide No Yes
Related 6 m,p'-DDD View View View No Not Listed
 
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