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|Title:||Brominated Flame Retardants as Food Contaminants|
|Authors:||COVACI Adrian; VOORSPOELS STEFAN; D'SILVA Kyle; HUWE Janice; HARRAD Stuart|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are currently the largest market group of flame retardants. The five major BFRs are tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBP-A), hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDs), and three commercial mixtures of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), which are known as decabromodiphenyl ether (Deca-BDE), octabromodiphenyl ether (Octa-BDE), and pentabromodiphenyl ether (Penta-BDE). PBDEs, HBCDs, HBCDs and TBBP-A are used in a variety of consumer products, including computers, electronics and electrical equipment, televisions, textiles, foam-padded furniture, insulating foams, and other building materials. Since their introduction about 20 years ago, BFRs are found everywhere in the environment, including in our food. Since the concentrations in food are very low, the chemical analysis of these chemicals is a challenging task with numerous pitfalls.|
|JRC Directorate:||Health, Consumers and Reference Materials|
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