Sweden floats first DEHP restriction plans

Kemi urges ban on phthalate in mouthable toys, fatty food containers, some medical devices

Swedish chemicals agency Kemi has ruffled the plasticiser industry's feathers yet again by releasing a proposed list of restrictions on the key PVC softener DEHP before a risk assessment of the chemical is definitively closed. Its draft EU risk reduction strategy suggests banning the phthalate in children's toys, certain medical devices and food contact packaging for fatty foods.

Industry association Ecpi acknowledges that Kemi's timing follows proper procedures, but claims the document is misleading because it does not take into account new toxicological study results. Member states are due to discuss these soon; they could alter some key conclusions in the risk assessment (EED 18/03/02).

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