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09/14/2011

New Study Finds Increased Levels of Toxic Flame Retardant in Fish

A new study recently accepted for publication in the journal Environmental Science and Technology has found that the concentration of the flame retardant chemical HBCD to have increased in recent years in tested fish in Virginia and North Carolina.

The rise in HBCD levels over this time seems to coincide with the elimination of penta-DBE, another toxic flame retardant that was phased out of use in 2004.

While HBCD has been less studied than other halogenated flame retardants, the science regarding the health effects linked with HBCD (like learning and developmental problems) was enough to land it on Minnesota's Priority Chemicals list, which includes nine toxic chemicals that are harmful to children's health.

You can take a look at the study here. You can also get tips on avoiding HBCD and the other chemicals on the priority chemicals list here.

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