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    EU lawmakers ban six chemicals used in toys
    05 Jul 2005 15:05:16 GMT
    Source: Reuters
    By Huw Jones

    STRASBOURG, July 5 (Reuters) - A European Union-wide ban on some chemicals used to soften PVC plastic in children's toys was agreed by the European Parliament on Tuesday but an industry group said the step was unnecessary.

    The measure, voted through by a large majority, toughens and makes permanent the temporary rules in place since 1999. The rules are due to become law in the autumn.

    There will be a complete ban on three chemicals, known as phthalates, DEHP, DBP, and BBP, which Antonios Trakatellis, the centre-right member who sponsored the bill, said have been proven to cause cancer.

    There will also be a ban on the use of three other variants, DINP, DIDP and DNOP, in toys and childcare items that can be placed in the mouth by any child. These had been shown to cause swelling of the liver and kidney in tests on animals.

    Member states had wanted to ban the three latter variants only in toys and childcare items for under three-year-olds but have informally agreed to the parliament's tougher stance.

    Some toys can contain up to 40 percent phthalates, Trakatellis told a news briefing, adding that the bans will affect all toys sold in the EU, whether they are manufactured in the bloc or imported from China and elsewhere.

    The phthalates had already been temporarily banned since 1999, but this ban had to be renewed regularly and the EU's 25 member states had adopted different rules.

    The European Commission welcomed the parliament's decision, which came after years of negotiations.

    "There is now a more stable legal situation which will enable industry to plan in conditions of certainty," said European Commission Vice President Guenter Verheugen.

    But the European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates said the outright ban on three phthalates and restrictions on three others was unnecessary and ignored risk assessments.

    Only one of the six variants, DINP, was generally used in toys, the industry group said. Forcing manufacturers to use alternatives in their products about which far less is known does nothing to protect children, the group added.

    "Their decision to ban DINP in all toys which can be put in the mouth is an entirely political decision that misuses the precautionary principle," it said.

    Trakatellis dismissed the criticism and said the Commission will try to find out if phthalates are used in medical products such as syringes, and look at the use of fragrances in toys as part of a possible revision of the current Safety of Toys rules.

    European Commission press release
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    Default Re: Europe: phthalates banned from children’s toys

    About time they did. This stuff is also in nail polish, creams and bath foams.

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    Default Re: Europe: phthalates banned from children’s toys

    Does this mean that soon we'll be able to spray ourselves with reckless abandon, without fear of any nasty crapola in our favorite scents?! Hurrah! [smiley=cheesy.gif]
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    Default Re: Europe: phthalates banned from children’s toys

    without fear of any nasty crapola in our favorite scents?! Hurrah!
    You mean like oak moss or tonka bean? Yep, enjoy!
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    Default Re: Europe: phthalates banned from children’s toys

    Yes unless you are allergic to limonene, citronellol or linalool [smiley=cool.gif]

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