Report: Safety of furniture flame retardant foam questioned

CHICAGO — A top official with the Consumer Product Safety Commission questioned the effectiveness of flame-retardant foams used in upholstered furniture, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

The Tribune story cited testing in 2009 that showed that an upholstered chair with flame-retardant foam was engulfed in flames in the same amount of time as a chair without the foam.

Critics of flame-retardant foam have long maintained the chemicals used to produce the foam have been linked to cancer, neurological disorders and related health problems.

The story also said researchers at Underwriters Laboratories reached similar conclusions about the effectiveness of such foam.

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