Blumenthal Calls On Consumer Product Safety Commission To Finalize New Standards To End Use Of Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals In Upholstered Furniture

(Hartford, CT) – Following growing scientific evidence that links use of flame retardant chemicals in upholstered furniture to serious health concerns, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) today issued a letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission calling on them to promptly finalize new flammability standards that would both enhance fire safety and help eliminate the unnecessary use of toxic, dangerous flame retardant chemicals.

The toxic flame retardants have not been shown to improve fire safety, and have been linked to serious health impacts, including cancer, neurological and reproductive diseases, hormonal disruption, obesity and other harmful conditions. Most alarming, blood samples from babies and young children in California have shown some of the highest levels of flame retardant chemicals ever detected in the general population.