Brussels to ban carcinogens in clothes

The European Commission plans to crack down on substances in consumer goods that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction, with textiles and clothing first in line, it said on Thursday

The European Commission plans to crack down on substances in consumer goods that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR), with clothing and textiles first in line, it said on Thursday.

The Commission named 291 toxic substances – including phthalates, flame retardants and pigments – that may be present in publicly available clothing and textiles and that could be subject to a ban.

The Commission will use a simplified restriction procedure possible under the REACH chemicals regulation for CMR substances to which consumers are exposed.

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