UN experts back deca-BDE restrictions

UN experts have recommended global action under the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants against the widely used flame retardant

UN experts have recommended global action under the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) against the widely used flame retardant deca-BDE.

The POP Review Committee, meeting in Italy this week, also recommended labelling of consumer products containing PFOS, and decided to provide governments with information on alternatives to the toxic substance.

The committee backed Norway’s call for deca-BDE to be restricted or banned worldwide. The substance now goes forward for a risk management evaluation, after which it will be subject to a final decision by government representatives. However this is not likely to happen until 2017.

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