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High Levels of Flame Retardants in U.S. Kids

Researchers Say Children May Be Exposed to Chemicals Through Dust and Food

Tracking Exposure to PBDEs continued...

“This research has important policy implications, as it illustrates how halogenated flame retardant use in the U.S. is responsible for the higher concentrations of PBDEs measured in Mexican-American children in California compared to their Mexican counterparts,” says Julie B. Herbstman, PhD, ScD, an assistant professor of environmental health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, in New York City.  Herbstman is studying the health effects of PBDEs, but she was not involved in the current research.

“Given the potential health implications associated with this exposure, this study underscores the need for us to carefully consider the effectiveness as well as the unintended health consequences that may result from policy intended to reduce fire-related mortality,” she says.

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