Netherlands rules out phthalates-in-toys ban

Dutch health ministry to draw up legal phthalate leaching limits after test method validated

The Netherlands will not move to ban the use of phthalate softeners in PVC toys for children and will instead draw up legal limits on the amount allowed to leach out of toys when sucked or chewed, the Dutch health ministry said on Monday. The announcement follows validation of a scientific method for testing how fast phthalates are likely to leach into children's saliva, which can now be repeated in any suitably equipped laboratory (ENDS Daily 2 June). Migration limits to be set in Dutch law have not yet been decided, but will now be immediately put on the agenda, a spokesperson for the ministry told ENDS Daily today. The move is the first indication that European governments might abandon plans to ban phthalates in children's toys. Earlier this week, Sweden's environment ministry said it was not persuaded by the validation of a migration test and would be introducing such a ban from August (vdaily/99061400.htm"ENDS Daily 14 June).

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