Is that Flame Retardant in your Soft Drink?


Brominated vegetable oil is patented as a flame retardant and it’s banned in food all over Europe and Japan, but it’s on the ingredient list of about 10 percent of sodas in the U.S. It’s not in Coca-Cola, but is in Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange, and in some flavors of Powerade and Gatorade.

What brominated vegetable oil (BVO) does to soda is, Coca-Cola explains, “prevent the citrus flavoring oils from floating to the surface in beverages.” The fruit flavors that are mixed into a drink would otherwise settle out. What BVO does when it’s acting as a flame retardant is not much different: It slows down the chemical reactions that cause a fire…

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Study: High Levels of Flame Retardants Found in Dogs


High levels of chemical flame retardants found in pet dogs.

Levels of flame retardants that are five to ten times higher than typically found in humans have been found in the blood of pet dogs, researchers at Indiana University have discovered. Dogs could be the canary in the coal mine for how accumulating polybrominated flame retardants will affect humans.


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