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Chemicals in products

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/04/22/toxic-chemicals-found-in-toys-slippers-baby-bibs_c1547393

By AGATHA NGOTHO @agathangotho

Toxic industrial chemicals have been found in children’s products being sold in Kenya.

 

For immediate release: 19 April, 2017

A survey of children’s products in 10 countries1 finds widespread contamination with an industrial chemical recommended for global prohibition. Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) are industrial chemicals primarily used in metalworking, but also as flame retardants and softeners in plastics. Their harmful properties have attracted global concern and a Stockholm Convention expert committee has recommended world-wide elimination of SCCPs under the treaty. SCCPs adversely affect the kidney, liver, and thyroid; disrupt endocrine function; and are anticipated to be human carcinogens.

Please see a November 2017 updated version of the full report in English here

Para su publicación inmediata: 18 de Abril 2017
Para más información contactar a: Sofia Chávez Arce, schavez@casacem.org ,  Tel Guadalajara (33) 3615 4499

For immediate release: 18 April 2017

A new global survey finds that recycling plastics containing toxic flame retardant chemicals found in electronic waste results in contamination of the world’s best-selling toy along with other children’s products. Ironically, the chemical contaminants can damage the nervous system and reduce intellectual capacity but are found in Rubik’s Cubes – a puzzle toy designed to exercise the mind.

IPEN has joined over 20 other networks and civil society organizations in sending a letter to representatives of producers, manufacturers and retailers in the European Union (EU) about EU plans for a circular economy.

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