Tuesday, June 22, 2004

More on Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers

Yesterday's LA Times (subscription) reports on three new studies released last month detecting high concentrations of PBDE's (used in flame retardants) in American meat, fish, and poultry. Some 15 million Americans are estimated to have PBDE levels considered high. Scientists are trying to puzzle out whether the main exposure pathway is through ingestion or through inhalation of indoor air. But they have concluded that PBDE's are ubiquitous, and that avoiding exposure is well-nigh impossible.

Overall, evidence is mounting that the issue isn't going away anytime soon. A Google search for "polybrominated diphenyl ethers" currently turns up about 10,000 results. And already, a search for "polybrominated diphenyl ethers lawsuit" turns up about 300.


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