RAPEX Update: Hazardous Chemicals found in Clothing, Toys and Cosmetics

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REACHRAPEX has released details of further products in Europe which have tested positive for hazardous chemicals.  See below for more information:

Toys in Estonia

A production of plastic dolls in Estonia has been found to be in breach of REACH regulations as they contain 0.4% by weight of the phthalate DEHP.

According to REACH regulations, the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

As a result, the dolls which were manufactured in China were withdrawn from the market.

Chemical Products in Germany

Tattoo inks in Germany have been deemed to pose a chemical risk because they contain 7 polycyclic hydrocarbons (PAH) at levels of around 0.71mg/kg, with a bezo(a)pyrene content of 0.01mg/kg, this is a known carcinogen.

According to the Council of Europe Resolution ResAP (2008) on requirements and criteria for the safety of tattoos and permanent make up, the level of PAH may not exceed 0.5ppm. As a result, the tattoo inks were rejected at the border.

Clothing in Estonia

RAPEX has released details of ladies leather gloves in Estonia that have been found to contain 414.3mg/kg of Chrome VI, which is sensitising and may trigger allergic reactions. The gloves, which were manufactured in China, were withdrawn from the market.

In addition to this, a subsequent production of ladies gloves in Estonia was found to contain 4.6mg/kg of Chrome VI. The gloves, also manufactured in China, were withdrawn from the market.

Cosmetic Products in the United Kingdom

This weeks RAPEX reports shows a large number of cosmetic products in the UK which have been withdrawn from the market as they were found to contain mercury compounds which were being used as a skin lightening substance. The products do not comply with the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC.

Toys in Spain

A production of toy medical instrument sets in Spain has been found to contain 12.53% by weight of the phthalate DEHP and up to 24.57% by weight of the phthalate DBP.

According to REACH regulations, the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles. As a result the toys, which were manufactured in Hong Kong, were rejected during importation.
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