by Luis R. Miranda
The European Union made effective last Saturday a ban on dangerous chemicals that cause allergies and which until now were being used in toys, with requirements that are among the strictest in the world. Proponents of the measure say the new regulations are put in place in order to increase the protection and safety of children.
Specifically, the ban eliminates the use of chemicals that are known carcinogenics, mutagenic as well as toxic materials that are harmful to reproduction, along with 55 fragrances known for causing allergies are prohibited in the manufacture of toys. The new rules also require the labeling of 11 other possible allergens.
In addition, strict limits apply against 19 called heavy elements such as lead and barium. These provisions were already under the new directive on toy safety from 2009, but their entry into force was delayed until now to give the industry time to adapt.
In any case, the European Commission says the new rules ensure that the current rules include a strong safety margin. “The toy safety and health protection of children is a major priority for the Commission.”
“The EU executive will follow scientific developments to ensure that the chemical requirements for toys quickly adapt to scientific progress,” said Industry Commissioner, Antonio Tajani.
Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute.