Retardant makers object to Norwegian ban

A Norwegian plan to ban three PBDE (polybrominated diphenylether) flame retardants will put lives at risk by lowering fire safety standards, European brominated flame retardant association Ebfrip said today. "Unlike some EU countries, Norway's upholstered furniture does not need to meet strict fire safety requirements," the association warned. Ebfrip said it "regretted" the proposal, which had been announced "without consultation", and its planned prohibition of deca-BDE, which would "expose consumers to less tested alternatives and discourage a product that saves 1,000s of lives". See press release.

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