Brussels edges closer to curbs on phthalates in toys

The European Commission is moving towards proposing restrictions on PVC toys containing phthalate plasticisers after its Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment (SCTEE) decided that the risk posed by the substances gives "reasons for concern". The Commission is also under pressure to act before some Member States introduce their own controls.

Concern about the possible health effects on babies which ingest phthalates by sucking or chewing soft PVC toys or teethers arose last year. The Danish, Dutch and Belgian health authorities responded to the results of phthalate migration tests by asking retailers to withdraw such products from their shelves (ENDS Report 272, pp 24-28 

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