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A list on where PBDEs, fire retardants, can be found

Researchers have linked lower IQ and higher hyperactivity in young children exposed to flame retardants during pregnancy. Use of the chemicals started in the 1970s, but they've been widely phased out. Here is a list of items where polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, might still be found:

— Textiles

— Foam in furniture, carpet padding

— Construction materials

— Upholstery in cars and airplanes

— Child car seats

— Plastic housing for electronics, such as televisions and computers

— Mattresses

SOURCE: U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S Centre for Environmental Research

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