Swimming in Chemicals - Widespread presence of brominated flame retardants and PCBs in European eels.

Publication - November 3, 2005
European eels from 20 locations in 10 countries across Europe were found to contain varying levels of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and/or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Some of the chemicals analysed are in current use while others have been prohibited either in recent years or, as in the case of PCBs, more than 20 years ago. The results provide a snapshot of hazardous chemicals in eels from a random selection of urban and rural fresh and brackish ecosystems and indicate the degree to which their habitat has been contaminated.

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