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Butter Contaminated with Dangerous Chemical

A new study has documented the worst case of U.S. case of food contamination with polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. A sample of butter purchased at five Dallas grocery stores contained high concentrations of deca-BDE, a PBDE compound linked to thyroid hormone changes and neurobehavioral changes.

Further investigation found that the butter’s paper wrapper had PBDE levels more than 16 times greater than levels in the butter itself. The source of the contamination is unclear.

Science Daily reports:

“U.S. manufacturers have agreed to end all uses of deca-BDE by 2014, and the European Union phased it out in 2008. However ... products containing deca-BDE often are used for many years.”

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