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Brominated flame retardants: European Commission requests monitoring in food

8:53 AM MDT | March 18, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Commission says it has asked member states to monitor the presence of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in food over the next two years. The move is in response to recommendations by the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) that more data on the levels of BFRs in food should be gathered. BFRs are mixtures of man-made organobromine compounds that are added to a wide range of consumer goods--such as electronics, cars, furniture, and construction materials-- to reduce the flammability of the product. Many are persistent...

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