Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)
PBDEs are a group of chemical compounds used extensively as flame retardants in a range of materials such as plastics, textiles and electronics. Their extensive use globally can result in contamination of a range of food & feedstuffs. This contamination is significant, and as such there is a strong recommendation for these chemicals to be monitored in food and feed.
As they are currently not regulated, there is a great deal of interest from regulators on these potentially harmful chemicals as they are known to be endocrine disruptors with several different toxic responses.
PBDEs can be found in fish, meat, oils & fats and a range of consumer products.