This just in: Flame retardants don't belong in butter
December 7th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
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A stick of butter purchased at a Dallas grocery story contained high levels of a flame retardant used in electronics, according to environmental scientists at the University of Texas School of Public Health.

The butter was contaminated with a chemical called polybrominated diphenyl ether, or PBDE.

"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of U.S. butter contaminated with PBDEs," said lead research Arnold Schecter, whose study was published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

The butter was purchased last year as part of a small research project to test for contaminates. The butter stick's wrapper contained even higher amounts of PBDEs. The source of the contamination remains a mystery.

Read Study: Flame retardant found in small butter sample on CNN Health

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. razzlea

    Checkout my food blog

    December 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  2. Sir Biddle

    Could be good for heartburn, maybe, maybe?

    December 7, 2010 at 10:00 am |
    • Evil Grin

      Before or after the heart attack? ;)

      December 7, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  3. Evil Grin

    This could be a good thing. Maybe if my house ever catches on fire, I won't.

    December 7, 2010 at 9:36 am |
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