Flame retardant troubles attributable to weak chemical regulations

Letter published in the peer-reviewed journal Public Health Reports:

News broke in early December 2010 that scientists at the University of Texas School of Public Health found extremely high levels of a class of recently banned flame retardants, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), in brand-name butter. This finding added fuel to the current controversy regarding the widespread use of flame retardants in consumer products and their presence in our homes, bodies, and the environment. More than 200 scientists and physicians from 30 countries have joined together to tell the world that the hazards of flame retardants (particularly the PBDEs and their replacements) to our health warrant urgent concern. [Read Full Letter]

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