WITH the German ban on azo dyes having come into effect from April 1, the ministry of environment and forests has issued a notification which aims to ban handling of 1-4 more azo dyes as they could cause cancer to humans. With this ban, the number of banned hazardous azo dyes has gone upto 116.The prohibition covers manufacture, processing, treatment, package, storage, transportation, use, collection, destruction, conversion, offering for sale, transfer or the like of such substance. The ministry has given 60 days notice to those likely 'to be affected by the proposed ban to file their objections. The proposed ban would Put these dyes Out of the reach of the- highly decentralised dyeing and processing, industry. I his would hell, textile and leather industry to comply with the ever increasing demand for eco-friendly and safe clothes in the major importing countries of the West. The European Union is taking necessary steps to enforce eco-standards for textiles in the near future.
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