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Watchdog update: Nation's biggest furniture retailer drops flame retardants

Watchdog update: Nation's biggest furniture retailer drops flame retardants

The nation's largest furniture retailer is purging flame retardants from its product lines, the strongest evidence yet that the toxic, ineffective chemicals are on the way out of household couches and chairs. In an emailed statement, Wisconsin-based Ashley Furniture said its factories and outside suppliers stopped adding flame retardants to foam cushions at the beginning of the year. The company also said it is labeling new furniture to indicate that it doesn't contain the chemicals. Ashley is the latest retailer to respond to policy changes prompted by a Tribune investigation that exposed a deceptive campaign by the tobacco and chemical industries to promote flame...

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