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Dangerous chemicals were detected in toys on the Cypriot market (pic)

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Dangerous chemical substances in toys available on the Cypriot market were detected by the Labor Inspection Department, following a campaign to control plastic products in the context of the application of the Chemical Substances Legislation.

It is a bath mat, a ball gym and a 4 kg gym barbell.

As stated in a GTP announcement, during the campaign 8 toy samples were taken to check their content of phthalates.

ΕντοπΙστηκαν ε πικΙνδυνες χημικΕς ουσΙες σε παι χνλδια στην κυπριακor αγορα (pic)

Phthalates are substances characterized as toxic to reproduction and included in the restrictions of Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation (points 51 and 52). According to these restrictions, products containing specific phthalates in concentrations greater than 0.1% by weight in plasticized material must not be placed on the market.

After laboratory analysis of the samples carried out by the State General Chemistry, in 3 of the 8 samples phthalate esters were detected in concentrations higher than those specified in the legislation. The non-compliant products are shown in the Table below.

Also, 2 of the 8 samples were detected with Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs),  substances which are characterized as Persistent Organic Pollutants. These substances may not be contained in consumer products in concentrations greater than 0.15% by mass of material.

The Labor Inspection Department informs the consumer public that a process of immediate withdrawal from the Cypriot market and destruction has already begun of non-compliant products.

Source: www.reporter.com.cy

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