Flame Retardant Reference Materials, Edition 3

Fire retardants, such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), are abundant in modern society - from clothing and carpets to couches and computers - they are added to a wide range of every day products in an attempt to reduce flammability or delay combustion. The name implies that they convey safety, but to the contrary they have been associated with numerous adverse and bio-accumulative health effects, including endocrine disruption, infertility, birth defects, lowered IQs, behavioral problems, and cancers.

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