2. Plastic Kitchen Utensils
Those black slotted spoons and spatulas may contain high levels of bromine, a component in brominated flame retardants, or BFRs. Though these are added to make the products resistant to fire, they've been linked to , and have been banned or phased out in the U.S.
So what are they doing in kitchen utensils? Suppliers are likely substituting cheap, hazardous recycled content – probably – for virgin plastic. Products made with such recycled plastic can be contaminated with BFRs, and our regulatory system misses them. Instead, choose stainless steel.