Are flame retardants the secret ingredient in your home-cooked meals?

A new study has found that brominated flame retardants are present in black thermo cups and kitchen utensils bought in Europe. These types of chemicals have been linked to a number of adverse health effects in humans and animals including cancer. In Europe, the recycling of electronic waste is strictly regulated under EU law as it often contains brominated flame retardants. This recycled waste is not allowed to be used in a number of consumer products, including food contact articles.…

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Flame retardants in 3D: A clearer picture of their harmful ways

The harmful effects of bisphenol A (more commonly known as BPA) have been widely publicized lately. It is a known endocrine (hormone)-disruptor and is believed to be associated with an increased risk for a variety of health concerns including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and reproductive dysfunction. In a troubling new finding, researchers found that a widely used flame retardant that is very similar to BPA also has hormone disrupting ways, just like its chemical cousin. The flame retardant is TBBPA…

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First-in-the-nation report on chemicals in kids’ products

Recently, my niece and nephew stopped by a neighborhood street fair.  There was the usual fare but most fun, as far as the kids were concerned, was the face painting.  My niece opted for a pink kitty face.  My five year old nephew went for the zombie (of course).  As they say, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.  After removing the face paint with “hypoallergenic” eye makeup remover wipes his eyes began to swell shut.  He went…

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