PVC firms reject Greenpeace "toxic toy" attack

Head of European association gives own children PVC toys in "complete confidence"

The European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) has accused Greenpeace of causing "wholly unnecessary concern" by alleging yesterday that commonly used PVC articles, and especially toys, contained dangerous levels of lead and cadmium (ENDS Daily 9 October). "PVC (polyvinyl chloride) has been the material of choice for toy manufacturers for 50 years," John Svalander of the ECVM said in a statement today. "It is durable, easy to keep clean, flexible and chemically inert.... I give [my children] PVC toys because I have complete confidence in the qualities of PVC." "The vast majority of toys are manufactured to the highest standards," the ECVM stated. "Companies which do not follow these regulations should be treated severely by the appropriate authorities."

* In a separate development, the Environment Agency England and Wales ordered a PVC manufacturing plant to stop production today after a reactor vessel leaked about 2 tonnes of vinyl chloride monomer. The escape, which is considered substantial, happened this morning at a plant operated by European Vinyls Corporation at Sully, south Wales. Vinyl chloride monomer, which is used in the PVC manufacturing process, is a carcinogenic gas.

Follow Up:
European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers, tel: +32 2 675 2971. Environment Agency of England and Wales, tel: +44 1454 624 400.

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