MEPs want tighter chemical restrictions on toys

Parliament's internal market committee calls for extension of ban proposed by the European commission

A ban on the most dangerous chemicals in toys proposed by the European commission should be extended to major heavy metals and many more allergenic fragrances, the European parliament's internal market committee said on Thursday.

In January, the commission proposed a ban on all carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) substances in toys under proposals for a new toy safety directive (EED 25/01/08).  It also suggested banning certain allergenic fragrances and "drastically reducing" the permitted levels of heavy metals like lead and mercury.

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