HBCDD Infographic

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  • Date June 19th, 2012 11:37
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  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD or HBCD) is used mainly as a flame retardant in polystyrene-based insulation products. What is of particular concern is this lipophilic and persistent organic pollutant’s capacity to accumulate in the food chain – leading to progressively increasing levels in human tissues and in wildlife. The extent of accumulation correlates directly with its evermore prevalent use. Despite this alarming trend, only limited toxicological information is available to assess its long-term implications for health or the environment. Nevertheless, HBCDD continues to be used despite the availability of alternatives.

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