Pregnant women with higher blood levels of PBDEs, a common class of flame retardants, had altered thyroid hormone levels – a fact that could have implications for the health of the fetus.
PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, are organobromine compounds found in household items such as carpets, electronics, and plastics. PBDEs can enter the environment and accumulate in human fat cells.
“Studies suggest that PBDEs can be found in the blood of up to 97 percent of WE residents, and at levels 20 times higher than those of people Europe. Because of CaliforniaAccording to flammability laws, residents of this state are among the most exposed in the world to PBDEs. “