Study sparks fresh fears over substances in toys

Current limits on levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in toys set in EU legislation are too high to protect children's health, according to a study published by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on Monday.

PAH substances are classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR) and their use in toys should be "as low as reasonably achievable", according to BfR. Current PAH limits in the toy safety directive are "clearly above" what is technologically possible, the institute adds.

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