Brominated flame retardants in food

Project Details


Flame retardants are substances used in plastics, textiles, electronics and other materials to prevent fires. Some of the technical flame retardant products contain brominated organic compounds including polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA).
Many of the brominated flame retardants (BFR) are persistent and have been shown to bioaccumulate. One of the routes of human exposure to BFR is the result of industrial discharge and environmental pollution in general. Eventually BFR enters the marine environment and the concentrations are magnified through the food chain.
Toxicological data are very limited, but the occurrence of BFR in food is a cause of concern for human health.
The project focuses on the estimation of the Danish human exposure to BRF via food intake. The research work includes analytical method developments and measurements of PBDE, HBCD and TBBPA in Danish food.
Effective start/end date01/01/200531/12/2008


  • National Food Institute


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