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      Brominated flame retardants: cause for concern?

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      Environmental Health Perspectives

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          Abstract

          Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) have routinely been added to consumer products for several decades in a successful effort to reduce fire-related injury and property damage. Recently, concern for this emerging class of chemicals has risen because of the occurrence of several classes of BFRs in the environment and in human biota. The widespread production and use of BFRs; strong evidence of increasing contamination of the environment, wildlife, and people; and limited knowledge of potential effects heighten the importance of identifying emerging issues associated with the use of BFRs. In this article, we briefly review scientific issues associated with the use of tetrabromobisphenol A, hexabromocyclododecane, and three commercial mixtures of polybrominated diphenyl ethers and discuss data gaps. Overall, the toxicology database is very limited; the current literature is incomplete and often conflicting. Available data, however, raise concern over the use of certain classes of brominated flame retardants.

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          Journal
          Environ Health Perspect
          Environmental Health Perspectives
          0091-6765
          January 2004
          : 112
          : 1
          : 9-17
          Affiliations
          Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Experimental Toxicology Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, USA.
          Article
          1241790
          14698924
          f1cbd400-35d9-4ef2-9a08-fd68e29f811e
          Categories
          Research Article

          Public health
          Public health

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