UK urges more action on chloro-paraffins

Forum recommends voluntary action to reduce risks from medium-chained chlorinated paraffins

An official British forum has called on industry to address risks from use of medium-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs). The recommendation comes before finalisation of a formal EU risk assessment of MCCPs. A draft report prepared by the UK authorities suggests a need for risk reduction; EU-wide controls of some kind are likely to emerge in about one year.

According to the UK chemicals stakeholder forum statement, agreed in September but just made public, MCCPs "present substantial risks to the environment". The group is also concerned at the recent discovery of the chemicals in breast and cow's milk. MCCPs are persistent, potentially bioaccumulative, and toxic to aquatic organisms.

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