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FSA research call over lack of BFR information


The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a research call on brominated flame retardants (BFRs) due a lack of information about their effect on food.

BFRs are a group of chemical compounds added to furniture, textiles and building materials to delay the onset of fire but they have been found to not prevent fire and may make a fire more toxic.

Due to widespread use, BFRs are everywhere in the environment and have entered the food chain.

The research call follows a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion due to the very limited information on occurrence, exposure and toxicity.

Applications should be submitted online by 5pm on 10 January 2013