Flame Retardants Found in Butter

ButterThere is currently no way to know how widespread this kind of chemical contamination is in food. Emily Sohn writes in Discovery News:

As part of an ongoing investigation into chemicals in our food supply, scientists found extremely high concentrations of a flame-retardant compound in a supermarket sample of brand-name butter.

It is the first documented case of serious contamination in food in the United States with a class of chemicals known as PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

Commonly used in furniture and electronics, among other products, PBDEs are known to disrupt hormone function and have been associated with a range of health concerns, including cancer as well as reproductive, developmental, and neurological problems.

Since no federal agencies currently track levels of chemicals like these in food, there is no way to know how widespread this kind of chemical contamination is in butter or other products. But it clearly happens at least sometimes.

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24 Comments on "Flame Retardants Found in Butter"

  1. It seems like if evil people ran the world, the flame retardant would be in the butter on purpose… to retard flames of butter, possibly from worries of retards attempting to cook with butter at too high a temperature

  2. It seems like if evil people ran the world, the flame retardant would be in the butter on purpose… to retard flames of butter, possibly from worries of retards attempting to cook with butter at too high a temperature

    • Hadrian999 | Dec 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm |

      we’ll now i know what to do next time i’m trapped in a burning building

      • If you rub butter on your body you wont get burned!.. by fire at least, you may literally get fried though

        • That’s exactly what the zombies want us to do. Wake up!

          • Do zombies like butter? Maybe its a zombie kryptonite… during the upcoming apocalypse we need to have fattened up buttered retards at are dispsal. When you are getting chased by zombies throw the over-wieght retard into them it will slow them down. Provide escape and leave them suceptible to feeding. leaving them easy pickings for my .45. Stupid zombies.

          • well at least we can cause zombie sterilization so when the zombie outbreak comes around they cant reproduce. consumer zombies -1 cannibal zombies – 0

  3. Hadrian999 | Dec 13, 2010 at 2:08 am |

    we’ll now i know what to do next time i’m trapped in a burning building

  4. If you rub butter on your body you wont get burned!.. by fire at least, you may literally get fried though

  5. I’m sure there was a very good reason for those chemicals to be in there. Perhaps there was a long history of their butter leaping into flame with no provocation…but they’ve taken care of it and now we’re as safe as can be. It’s important to not over react at times like this…less reasonable people might take the conclusion that they were fed poison as some form of personal insult…and possibly demand legal action…but we’re all reasonable people here, right?

  6. I’m sure there was a very good reason for those chemicals to be in there. Perhaps there was a long history of their butter leaping into flame with no provocation…but they’ve taken care of it and now we’re as safe as can be. It’s important to not over react at times like this…less reasonable people might take the conclusion that they were fed poison as some form of personal insult…and possibly demand legal action…but we’re all reasonable people here, right?

    • Yeah so when we are fatting up are bodies from over eating a fire breaks out. we dont have to get up just throw your sticks of butter on the table into the fire and presto.

  7. DeepCough | Dec 13, 2010 at 4:18 am |

    “Yeah, with enough soap, we could blow up just about anything.” ~”Fight Club”

  8. DeepCough | Dec 13, 2010 at 12:18 am |

    “Yeah, with enough soap, we could blow up just about anything.” ~”Fight Club”

  9. That’s exactly what the zombies want us to do. Wake up!

  10. PlsExplain | Dec 13, 2010 at 4:33 am |

    I read a few of the comments at the bottom of the article on discovery and a few people pointed out that the journalist did not divuldge the name of the large company that made the butter hense reporting that there is large amounts of flame retardent in samples of their butter but not telling who it was with the article. A article about health isuues which adds too the same !@# problem. Its never ending.

  11. PlsExplain | Dec 13, 2010 at 12:33 am |

    I read a few of the comments at the bottom of the article on discovery and a few people pointed out that the journalist did not divuldge the name of the large company that made the butter hense reporting that there is large amounts of flame retardent in samples of their butter but not telling who it was with the article. A article about health isuues which adds too the same !@# problem. Its never ending.

  12. Yeah so when we are fatting up are bodies from over eating a fire breaks out. we dont have to get up just throw your sticks of butter on the table into the fire and presto.

  13. Do zombies like butter? Maybe its a zombie kryptonite… during the upcoming apocalypse we need to have fattened up buttered retards at are dispsal. When you are getting chased by zombies throw the over-wieght retard into them it will slow them down. Provide escape and leave them suceptible to feeding. leaving them easy pickings for my .45. Stupid zombies.

  14. BeardedFrog | Dec 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm |

    The supposed tainted butter comes is in Land O’ Lakes Butter, since its manufacturing headquarters are located in “Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.”

  15. BeardedFrog | Dec 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm |

    The supposed tainted butter comes is in Land O’ Lakes Butter, since its manufacturing headquarters are located in “Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.”

  16. BeardedFrog | Dec 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm |

    *tainted butter is in Land O’ Lakes

    grammar fail on my part

  17. well at least we can cause zombie sterilization so when the zombie outbreak comes around they cant reproduce. consumer zombies -1 cannibal zombies – 0

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