Debate Over Mandated Flame Retardant Chemicals In Furniture

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Debate Over Mandated Flame Retardant Chemicals In Furniture

Most couches sold in the U.S. contain flame retardants, but critics argue these chemicals pose a serious health risk. Debate on the health risks of flame retardants in furniture.

More than 80% of furniture sold in the United States contains flame retardants. Found in everything from couches to baby cribs, these chemicals are used to help improve fire safety. But in recent years, a growing number of critics say these chemicals are toxic and pose serious health risks to humans. Some leading scientists and health experts say new studies link flame retardants to neurological, developmental, and fertility problems. But manufacturers maintain their products meet fire prevention standards and save lives. Guest host Steve Roberts talks with guests about the use of flame retardants and human health.

Guests

Dr. Arlene Blum

executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute.

Dr. Linda Birnbaum

director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program.

Dr. Gilbert Ross

executive director and medical director of the American Council on Science and Health.

Dr. Marcelo Hirschler

consultant for GBH International.

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