Italian battery labelling "is a trade barrier"

European court of justice condemns required heavy metal warnings on EU-law compliant cells

The European court of justice has condemned as an illegal trade barrier a 1997 Italian decree requiring common consumer batteries containing less than 0.0005% mercury to carry labels indicating the presence of heavy metals.

Under a law passed in 1998 the EU outlawed from January 2000 alkaline manganese batteries containing over 0.0005% mercury. The threshold is so low that it is generally taken to equate to a mercury ban (EED 22/10/98).

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