Toxaphene is a complex mixture of organochlorine hydrocarbons that was used as a replacement for the infamous pesticide DDT, but was later banned because of concern over its toxicity to humans and animals. It is produced by the non-specific chlorination of alpha-pinene or camphene and contains hundreds of isomers of bornanes and bornenes that can have six to nine chlorines. It was used as a broad-spectrum pesticide on cotton, soybeans, peanuts, and to kill parisites on cattle. It is a persistant organic pollutant that has can travel to remote areas of the planet, far away from places where it was used or produced. For example, toxaphene has been found in alarmingly high levels in Inuit mothers of the Canadian Arctic, a place where Toxaphene was never used.
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