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Flame retardant chemical accident 40 years ago is still damaging people's health today

1/7/2015 - More than 40 years ago, a Michigan chemical company made a careless mistake that would affect people's lives for generations to come. The incident involved polybrominated biphenyl, or PBB, a man-made flame retardant designed to prevent plastics from burning. An excerpt from Joyce Egginton's book...

Flame retardant exposure during pregnancy lowers IQ in children

11/13/2014 - Children exposed to flame retardant chemicals in the womb are more likely to suffer from hyperactivity and to have a low IQ at the age of five, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Persistent pollutants The study focused specifically on the class of flame...

Chemical industry campaigns to keep profiting off of flame retardants that cause cancer

9/8/2014 - The chemical industry is fighting tooth and nail to stop proposed legislation in California that would allow furniture to be sold without toxic flame retardant chemicals. The Chicago Tribune, which conducted a rigorous safety investigation on flame retardants back in 2012, says the bill would mandate...

Harmful flame retardant chemicals found in every preschool tested in California

6/2/2014 - Toxic flame retardant chemicals were found in 100 percent of preschools and day cares tested in a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Berkeley and published in the journal Chemosphere on May 15. "These findings underscore how widespread these materials are in indoor...

Do Californians have a right to know when their babies are sleeping on flame retardant poisons?

4/16/2014 - A new measure has been proposed that would allow Californians the right to know if the furniture they are buying contains flame-retardant chemicals that are potentially hazardous to their health. The legislation, which was introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, comes amid changes to...

Dietary intake of flame retardant chemical linked to increased obesity

1/17/2014 - Hormone- and metabolism-ravaging chemicals, like brominated flame retardants, may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. A new study out of Japan, the first of its kind, links the flame retardant hexabromocyclodecane (HBCD) to accelerated weight gain. Flame retardant chemicals are often used in building...

BPA isn't the only hormone disruptor: Beware hidden sources like flame retardant chemicals

9/16/2013 - Much of the focus in recent years on hormone disruptors in consumer products and the food supply has been directed at bisphenol-A (BPA), the hidden plastics chemical that was recently found in a peer-reviewed study to be present in the bloodstreams of virtually everyone. But a new study recently published...

Gatorade to remove flame retardant chemical from its drinks (yeah, you've been drinking this for years)

1/29/2013 - Now you know that you've been saved from spontaneous combustion after a hard workout if you drank Gatorade. It's had an actual flame retardant chemical in it, and still does. The ingredient is called brominated vegetable oil (BVO), and its been patented in Europe as a flame retardant A spokesperson...

Is your couch giving you cancer?

5/27/2012 - You may not be aware of it, but hidden in your clothing, furniture and even electronics are toxic flame retardant chemicals that are increasingly being linked to neurological damage, endocrine disruption and cancer. And in a fascinating investigative series, Chicago Tribune reporters uncover the dirty...

Flame retardant chemical found in US soft drinks

12/20/2011 - A substance patented as a flame retardant and banned as a food ingredient throughout Europe and in Japan is present in 10% of all soft drinks in the US. The December 12, 2011 issue of Environmental Health News reviews the history of this toxic ingredient, including the fact that "extreme soda binges...

Flame retardant chemicals lead to mentally retarded children

11/3/2010 - Prenatal exposure to flame retardant chemicals may hamper children's neurological development, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. In a study conducted on 152 children, researchers recruited women who had been pregnant at the time of the 2001 World...

New study: a common flame retardant causes infertility

2/2/2010 - So many US women have difficulty becoming pregnant that the fertility industry has become a huge business, raking in between three and five billion dollars a year. Now a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives raises the possibility that a lot of women who can't have babies...

Toxic Flame Retardant to be Phased Out, Says EPA

1/24/2010 - A common flame retardant chemical, Decabromodiphenyl ether (Deca), is set to be phased out of use in consumer products in the next several years. Three large chemical companies that produce and use the toxin, in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have arrived at a voluntary...

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