Allergic reaction to Danish nickel move

A proposal by Denmark's environmental protection agency to reduce limits on nickel in drinking water from 50 to 20 micrograms per litre in accordance with new EU standards has provoked opposition, Jyllands-Posten newspaper reported yesterday. Although the metal is a common cause of allergy, NGOs and doctors insist the measure is unnecessary as reactions are triggered by skin contact and not by traces of nickel in food or drink. Chemicals used to remove nickel from drinking water could cause new problems, they say. Water suppliers are also opposed to the move. See Jyllands-Posten article.

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