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: Flame Retardants Found in Children's Products



From: Jessica Marshall, Discovery News
Published September 9, 2009 09:42 AM

Flame Retardants Found in Children's Products

A compound that was phased out of use as a flame retardant in children's pajamas in the 1980s after it was found to cause DNA mutations is being added to furniture foam and children's products, new research shows.

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The compound and a closely related one appear to be in use to replace the group of bromine-containing flame retardants known as PBDEs.

PBDEs have been more or less banned in recent years because they have been shown to persist in the body and may cause problems with neurodevelopment and hormone regulation.

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