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C&EN: Blood Concentrations of PBDE Flame Retardants Mirror Levels In Dust
June 14, 2010, 12:30 pm
Filed under: News

Toxic Substances: The dust in U.S. homes may be a primary exposure source
Kellyn Betts

Diet is the primary route of people’s exposure to most persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic compounds, but new research published in Environmental Science & Technology (DOI: 10.1021/es100697q) finds that levels of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants in dust from U. S. homes correlate strongly with the concentrations in residents’ blood.

For decades, a wide variety of U.S. consumer goods contained PBDEs, including automobiles, airplanes, electronics, home furnishings, and furniture. U.S. manufacturers voluntarily discontinued two of the three PBDE formulations in 2004 will phase out the third by the end of 2012.

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