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EU bans phthalates in toys.

In September 2004 the European Competitiveness Council voted to ban three phthalates from all products intended for children and to prohibit the use of three others specifically in toys and other items intended to be chewed or sucked by very young children. These chemicals, which are used to soften vinyl plastic, have been linked with reproductive and liver effects, and are known to leach from products that contain them. More than 900 tons of phthalates are produced each year.

Once the measure has been adopted formally by the council it will be sent to the European Parliament for a second reading. The European Commission will be charged with overseeing the implementation of the ban.
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Title Annotation:The Beat
Author:Dooley, Erin E.
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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