Hey Dallas: We Thought You Should Know That There's Flame Retardant in Your Food

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But does it come in Reduced Flame Retardant?
In case the threat of diabetes, heart disease, morbid obesity and an early (and very large) grave isn't enough to make you eat healthier, maybe this will help: Fatty foods are also high in flame retardants.

A research team led by Dr. Arnold Schecter of the University of Texas School of Public Health collected 36 samples of beef, poultry, fish, butter and peanut butter from Dallas supermarkets, much like the one you shop at, in 2010 and tested for hexabromocyclododecane, a chemical known to be harmful to spellcheck.

HBCD -- ah, that's better -- is used to keep things like sofas, mattresses and electronic devices from bursting into flames, which is generally good. But it has the unfortunate side effect of disrupting human immune, endocrine and reproductive systems and acting as a neurotoxin, which is generally less good.

"We found that, not the majority, but a sizable minority were contaminated, and we noticed that some of the fatty fish -- for example herring and salmon -- were particularly high in these brominated flame retardants," Schecter told Unfair Park.

Fish tend to absorb HBCD when they feed at the bottom of water bodies, where the chemicals tend to accumulate, or from being fed fish oil and meal on fish farms, because, Schecter said, fish apparently prefer cannibalism to eating soy and corn products.

Peanut butter was more of a mystery.

"We don't have a good explanation for that. Perhaps dirt got on the peanuts? But I don't really know," Schecter said.

The good news is that the levels detected by Schecter and his team fall below government safety standards. The bad news is that there's flame retardant in our food, our bodies and our breast milk. There are other potentially harmful chemicals like Bisphenol-A and dioxin, and government regulators are under-funded and haven't decided exactly how to keep these things out of our food.

So how does one avoid ingesting these chemicals? You probably can't, but buying lean meat, cutting fat off of salmon, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables, in which Schecter found no detectable amounts of flame retardants, may help. You're safest bet is probably just to stop eating and breathing altogether.

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amyherbert
amyherbert

"Official Samples" is the largest directory of free samples You can try brand name products for free and enjoy. You should definitely check them.

Mo Roney
Mo Roney

Hey, my heartburn went away. Thank you, Skippy!

RTGolden
RTGolden

Don't think your fruits and vegetables will save you

http://www.healthknot.com/natu... 

The FDA or USDA also used to put out a list around thanksgiving that showed what toxins, poisons and whatnot were included in a typical holiday feast: Potatoes and arsenic, lima beans and cyanide, tomatoes and tomatine, etc etc.The old adage still holds true: moderation is key, excess will kill.  Eat right, exercise, put a hat on when it's cold out.  Who knew Mom was so damn smart?

Daves Not Here
Daves Not Here

Did they test Taco Bell Fire Sauce?

Nick R.
Nick R.

I use Taco Bell Fire Sauce when I'm camping to get the logs going

scottindallas
scottindallas

how do you trim fat off salmon?  The fat in salmon is within the meat and not in big seams like on a ribeye.

Anon
Anon

Actually, there's really no proof that putting flame retardants in furniture or mattresses is good at all. The negatives overwhelmingly outweigh the few positives. They are absolutely horrible for human health, so the idea of spending 1/3 of your life sleeping in them should make people worry.

wake up folks!
wake up folks!

Man, what are those poor multinational corporations going to do when they aren't allowed to put industrial waste in the food as a filler?

Phelps
Phelps

Or, it could be that the peanut butter result shows that the test they are using gives a lot of false positives and should be reexamined.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Somebody wanna hip the scientist to the fact that peanuts do, indeed grow in dirt?

Syd_Nancy
Syd_Nancy

hexabromocyclododecane, a chemical known to be harmful to spellcheck.-I am now a fan

Oakcliffooo
Oakcliffooo

The good news?  We hear less reports of spontaneous human combustion.  A coincidence? I don't think so.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

I need to stop reading COA before I turn vegan. Or anorexic.

claytonauger
claytonauger

Or you know, the less snarky thing to do would be to band together with other human lab rats and demand not be experimented on with chemicals that we don't know enough about to inhale or ingest. 

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