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Surge in Human Thyroid Cancer Due to Flame Retardants in Sofas and Mattresses — 4 Comments

  1. I highly recommend an HBO movie called “Toxic Hot Seat”, directed by Robert Redford’s son; came out a few years back. It documents the story of how a group of committed individuals (including fire fighters who discovered they were getting far more cancers than normal) finally got the US to change its standard so that US sofas no longer need contain flame retardants. The same issue applies here and, most significantly, the same 3 huge flame retardant producing companies are working behind the scenes, bribing officials and setting up fake citizen fire safety groups, etc.

    It’s also worth checking out the Chicago Tribune’s ‘Playing with Fire’ articles on this issue (just Google ‘Chicago Tribune flame retardants’, for which they won the Pulitzer Prize.

    • Thanks Jenny. It is the same old story: immoral businesses not giving a damn about the health of people and pets. I hate them.

  2. DecaBDE is a brominated flame retardant; the worst kind. It was banned in the US a few years ago and is currently a Substance of Very High Concern under REACH (European chemicals legislation). FR companies stopped supplying it to UK furniture manufacturers a few years ago. But they did what they always do: swapped it for a new BFR that they say is safe (just as they said Deca was safe). They also doubled the price, by the way, to cover ‘research and development’.

    Yes, pets are vulnerable too. The Swedes are more aware of this issue than the UK public on the whole. For instance, a best-selling children’s book in Sweden a few years back was called, ‘The Flame Retardant Cat’.

    Your quote from Edge was in today’s Times. What the Times didn’t mention was the fact that Edge’s department proved to the world in 2014 that the flammability test for cover fabrics – which results in high BFR use – doesn’t even work! However, the chemical industry stood to lose a lot of money out of the proposed new test, which would have hugely cut FRs and put right the problems with the current test. So they made sure they scuppered it.

    • Great comment. Love it. And many thanks for plugging the gaps. This is so typical of business in league with government at the expense of people and companion animals. I hate the lot of them.

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