Counsel & Heal: Researchers Identified Flame Retardant, TCEP in Americans for the First Time


Americans are contaminated with many toxic flame retardants, a new study reported. According to the researchers at the Silent Spring Institute and the University of Antwerp, one of these flame retardants, TCEP, has never been identified in Americans before.

“We found that several toxic flame retardants are in people’s bodies. When you sit on your couch, you want to relax, not get exposed to chemicals that may cause cancer,” said lead author of the study, Robin Dodson, ScD, a scientist with Silent Spring Institute, a nonprofit research group. “Some flame retardants have been targeted for phase out, but unfortunately there are others that have largely been under the radar…”

Cheri Cheng