Northern Californian Women Highly Exposed to PBDE

Northern Californian Women Highly Exposed to PBDE

According to a UC-San Francisco study, flame retardant PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) has been found at alarming level in the blood of California pregnant women.

The study, which got published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, revealed that this flame retardant is commonly found in products like electronics and furniture.

And, knowing its ill effects: it has long been banned since 2004. But, the substance is still widespread due to strict flammability regulations enacted in California in 70s.

Low-income women are more likely to have increased level of the flame retardant due to the use of second-hand products or poor-ventilation.

Lead researcher Ami Zota said, “25 second-trimester pregnant women showed high levels of PBDE in blood tests administered between 2008 and 2009, she further asserted “Studies have shown PBDE to be harmful to the liver, thyroid and nerve development”.

If flame retardant exposure is compared among Canadian women and other women across the globe, then pregnant women in Northern California have highest PBDE flame retardant levels.

Seeing it’s widespread, Zota said that it is very hard to avoid them.

Zota and team told that this is one of the most extensive studies ever done on flame retardant exposure in pregnant mothers.


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