Halogenated flame retardants entail an added risk. Indeed, there is a likelihood that an EU regulation called Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) may apply. POP chemicals are halogenated organic compounds or organohalogens. They are often persistent and bioaccumulative, which may cause health and environmental concerns such as:
- Disrupting the endocrine, immune, or neural systems.
- Contribute to reproductive issues, cancer, and mutations.
Therefore, selling products containing POP chemicals above a permitted threshold is prohibited. In truth, they may be at risk of being withdrawn from the EU market.