Unwanted Chemicals in our Bodies (3) – Brominated Flame Retardants

Brominated Flame Retardants (or BFR’s) anre exteremely stable and persistent chemicals and they have been found in human blood, body fat and breast milk.

As the name implies they are chemicals added to materials to make them flame resistant and are a family of approximately 70 different compounds.

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They enter the body by absorption through the skin or lungs and are stored in fat.

There is limited understanding of how BFR’s affect human health but it is believed that they can lead to liver, thyroid and skin damage.

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  • Manju Prakash
    October 15, 2011

    If BFRs enter the body externally why are they found in breast milk?

  • David
    October 18, 2011

    As I understand things Manju, BFR’s accumalate in fatty tissue. Breast milk comes under this category.

  • Izabela Fulara
    November 17, 2011

    If somebody is interested in this topic I will highly recommended this website
    It is very close to my heart because I took a part in this project, which was focused on investigation on priority substances also brominated flame retardants in Baltic Sea region. My PhD is connected with some group of BFR specially polybromianted diphenyl ethers so if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me by email izabelamatusik@wp.pl

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