EU extends phthalates ban yet again
The EU's ban on the use of six types of phthalate softeners in PVC toys designed to be mouthed by under-threes has been renewed for another three months. This is 14th time the emergency prohibition order has been extended since it was introduced in 1999. Further scientific evidence is still awaited to help resolve a dispute between governments on whether to make the ban permanent or to introduce limits on phthalate migration into children's saliva. See EU council decision.