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Worldwide press and media are concerned by flame retardants effects and their use in consumer products, including furniture.
Here you find a selection of press articles and medias on the topic.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) decision on products containing flame retardants | September 2017

We have heard testimony from some of the nation’s most eminent scientists both from government and academia who are on the cutting edge of research into issues relating to chronic hazards, toxicity and flame retardants. There was virtually unanimity on several key point and those are:
- OFRs are toxic and prevent a host of hazards: cancer, mutagenicity, neurotoxicity, decreased IQ, impaired memory, learning deficits, endocrine disruption, thyroid interference and the list goes on and on and on with respect to toxicity.
Among the gathered experts, there was virtual unanimity on how best to deal with OFRs:
- They need to be banned as a class to avoid this notion of regrettable substitution.

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) - 20 September 2017

How fire-safe is British furniture?BBC Newsnight

The devastating Grenfell Tower fire has prompted a complete review of fire safety regulations in tall buildings. But how fire-safe is the furniture inside British homes? Newsnight’s Chris Cook investigates.

Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news and current affairs TV programme - with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.

ARTE documentary on the health risks posed by flame retardants

Is exposure to flame retardants and other toxics reducing the intelligence of our population?

On 11 November 2017 " Brains in Danger: How chemicals are poisoning future generations “ [Original title: Demain, Tous Cretins?] premiered in France. The French documentary includes the story of flame retardants and the work carried out by Arlene Blum and the Green Science Policy Institute on flame retardants. It shares the message that we need to reduce the use of toxic chemicals to protect our brains and those of future generations.


"You’re not getting any additional time to get out of a house in the event of a fire as an inclusion of flame retardants in the foam. No fire starts inside a foam cushion where there’s no oxygen. There’s a absolutely no need for the chemicals to be in the furniture – it causes the furniture to break down earlier,” says Endicott.

Time Magazine, 24.08.16

Flame Retardants | Six Classes 2017 videos

Flame retardants are added to products to meet flammability standards. However, they often don’t improve fire safety and can harm our health. Learn why they should be avoided and what you can do.

Selection of press articles:

• Anses research programme targets EDCs and bisphenols. Cleaning products, flame retardants under scrutiny - Chemical Watch 13-03-2018

• Furniture flammability research questions flame retardant use - The Ends Report 13-12-2017

• How fire-safe is British furniture? - BBC News 13-12-2017

• ECHA ponders restriction on organophosphate flame retardants - The Ends Report 13-12-2017

• USA - Federal Agency warning on organohalogens flame retardants used in furniture and other consumers products - Chicago Tribune 20-09-2017 

• Rhode Island bans the sale of certain bedding and furniture treated with a flame retardant chemical - Providence Journal 04-10-2017

• San Francisco banning sale of products containing any flame retardants - San Francisco Examiner 17-10-2017

• Flame retardants could be hazardous to your health - Boston Globe 04-10-2017

• Maine bans all flame retardants in upholstered furniture - Chemical Watch 03-08-2017

• Massachusetts' Public Health Committee works on prohibiting sale of children's products and furniture with high amounts of Flame Retardants - WWLP 27-06-2017

• New report lays out strategy to evaluate evidence of adverse human health effects from endocrine-disrupting chemicals at low doses - The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine 18-05-2017

• Chemists are uncovering how and why Marine Organism synthesize flame retardant like molecules - Chemical & Engineering News 23-10-2017

• The Mystery of the Wasting House-Cats - New York Times 16-05-2017

• Killer whales must be saved from toxic chemicals - The Times 3-05-2017

• Everyday chemicals may affect brain development, including foetal IQ - The Conversation 11-05-2017

• Human exposure to flame retardants - Articles collection by Elsevier 2017

• Tracing the chemistry of household dust - Chemical & Engineering News 13-02-2017

• Your sofa can give you CANCER: Materials used to fireproof settees are linked to a 74% rise in thyroid tumours - Mail Online 09-04-2017

• Toxic sofas linked to surge in thyroid cancer - The Times 09-04-2017

• Flame retardant replacements migrate to arctic sediment - Chemical & Engineering News 04-04-2017

• Warnings over children's health as recycled e-waste comes back as plastic toys - The Guardian 09-03-2017

• Toxic chemicals in household dust linked to cancer and infertility - The Guardian 14-09-2016 

• Fire safety ignites rules rethink - The Ends Report 21-03-2016

• Denmark wants EU ban on harmful flame retardants - CPH Post Online 8-09-2016

• Post-Consumer Flexible Polyurethane Foam Scrap Used In Building Products - Healthy Building News 29-07-2016

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