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Chemical curbs demanded after baby blood probe

WWF and Greenpeace have reiterated calls to strengthen the EU's Reach chemical policy reform after releasing research identifying several major types of hazardous chemicals in maternal and umbilical cord blood. The findings included the first recorded incidence in umbilical cord blood of TBBPA, a controversial brominated flame retardant (EED 06/07/05). The two groups said the EU must "urgently" scrap draft provisions in Reach that would allow chemicals of "very high concern" to be used by firms on condition that they are "adequately controlled". See press release and report.

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