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Some congeners of the flame retardant PBDE associated with delaying time to pregnancy

PBDE's are used as flame retardants in furniture, carpeting, textiles, electronics, and plastics. Commercial mixtures of PBDE's contain a variety of congeners [see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congeners]. Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest 97% of Americans...

Exposure to certain PDBE flame retardants are associated with lower scores on tests of mental and physical development in children up to 6 years of age

A prior post noted the association between PDBE flame retardants and time to pregnancy. Because PDBE's are persistent and bioaccumulative, they have become ubiquitous in the environment. Animal studies have indicated that prenatal PBDE exposure may result in adverse neurodevelopmental effects...

Flame retardants found in butter

Researchers found very high levels of the flame retardant PBDE in one of ten samples of butter. The researchers believe the butter wrapper was the source of contamination, and they speculate that Deca-PBDE, which is being phased out of U.S. production, somehow got into the wrapping. Although the toxicology...