EU phthalates-in-toys ban extended again
The EU has extended by a further three months its ban on the use of six phthalate compounds in toys designed to be mouthed by small children. This is the seventh time that the measure has been renewed while the bloc tries to resolve a conflict over whether there should be permanent prohibition or limits on the amount of phthalates that are allowed to leach out of sucked toys into saliva. The new ban period runs from 21 August to 21 November. See Commission decision.