Ban proposed

Published: Sunday 31 March 2002

the European Commission has given its go-ahead to imposing restrictions by 2003 on the public use of 43 chemicals which could cause cancer, damage reproduction or pose a danger to human genes. These gender-bending chemicals are compounds used in special paints, printing inks, varnishes, pesticides, detergents and adhesives.

"The commission proposes that their sale to consumers be banned starting from April 1, 2003. Most producers have already stopped selling these substances to consumers," the eu's executive commission said in a statement. "On the other hand, these chemicals would continue to be available for professional users who are able to ensure their safe use," it added.

With these restrictions, the eu's blacklist on toxins continues to grow.

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