Common Flame Retardant Found in Foods

A study by Arnold Schecter, M.D., M.P.H., professor of environmental health at The University of Texas School of Public Health, has found that hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in foods purchased at a supermarket.  HBCD is a common flame retardant used in home insulation materials and electrical equipment.  The study found that canned sardines, fresh salmon and peanut butter had the highest levels of HBCD.  Dr. Schecter said that to exposure to HBCD is associated with potential alterations in immune and reproductive systems, neurotoxic effects in children and endocrine disruption.