Many plastic products, including children's toys, contain potentially dangerous levels of controlled chemicals due a loophole in EU legislation, according to a report campaigners hope will influence a forthcoming European Parliament vote on the regulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
The report found almost a quarter of 430 samples purchased in stores across Europe contained polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), a class of chemicals once widely used as flame retardants in electronic equipment but restricted since 2004 under the Stockholm Convention on POPs.
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