In a new study entitled “Hexabromocyclododecane in polystyrene based consumer products: An evidence of unregulated use” published on March 13, 2014 in the peer-reviewed journal Chemosphere, Korean scientists investigate the amounts of four major brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in polysterene (PS) plastics. PS is used for building materials, laboratory equipment and food contact materials (FCM). BFRs are ubiquitous, bioaccumulating and persistent environmental contaminants. Their carcinogenic and neurotoxic properties have been demonstrated in animal studies, and BFRs have also been shown to be toxic to aquatic organisms.

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FPF science summary “Brominated flame retardants detected in Korean FCMs