Buyer beware! A recent study conducted by researches at Duke University in Boston and the University of California in Berkeley shows that a large percentage of all couches in the United States contain a number of harmful chemicals. One such toxin, which was most abundant in the samples taken, is polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PCBE's), a common flame retardant suspected to be hazardous to human health.
Some countries, such as Canada, have banned the manufacturing of products containing PCBE's, however there are no restrictions on the importation of goods containing this hazardous chemical.
Research all products before you choose to buy them. There are safer options out there for you and your home.
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