Clarification regarding articles stating that brominated vegetable oil is a flame retardant

Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is a food additive used in soft drinks. It is not a flame retardant, they are totally different products. Apart from the fact that both contain bromine there is no direct connection between brominated vegetable oil and brominated flame retardants.

The Bromine Science and Environmental Forum (BSEF) represents the major global producers of brominated flame retardants, which are used to increase the resistance to fire of flammable materials such as plastics in TV sets and textiles in cinema seating. BSEF member companies have never marketed BVO as a flame retardant.

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