Danish retailers voluntarily widen toy ban

Employers' organisation Danish Commerce & Services announced on Monday a voluntary ban on a wide range of toys containing phthalate plasticisers. The ban covers items designed or likely to be mouthed by over-threes. Environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt asked for the measures last November (EED 04/11/02). He welcomed the announcement as evidence of "good will and responsibility" on the part of retailers and importers. Mr Schmidt added that he wanted to extend existing legal prohibition on phthalates in toys for under-threes, but had not yet gathered sufficient "background material" to justify legislation. See press release.

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