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MAJOR REPORT RELEASES BLUEPRINT FOR PROMOTING EUROPEAN CARPET SECTOR SUSTAINABILITY

A DETAILED consultants’ report released yesterday (Dec 4) has included two policy blueprints for shifting Europe’s major carpet manufacturing industry towards a more sustainable future, increasing recycling and reuse of products. The paper by UK-based Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd outlines policy options for European Union (EU) member states to move the carpet industry towards being part of a circular economy that is a key priority of the current European Commission.…

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NEW INDIAN MEDICAL STOCKINGS MAKER PROSPERS FROM COMBINING QUALITY WITH LOWER COSTS

 

INDIA’S knitted medical stockings maker Ista Healthcare has been in business for only three years but has already been exporting products, has created backward integration and is now seeking venture capital for future expansion.

“Our product has been created right from scratch and is now accepted worldwide,” said Kumaraguru Muthuswamy, chief executive of Ista Healthcare LLP, based in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore, in Tamil Nadu state.…

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EU RELEASES REGULATION DEMANDING EXTRA DATA ON NANOPARTICLES IN MINERAL-BASED CHEMICALS

 

MANUFACTURERS and users of chemicals made from minerals, and chemical mineral processing agents within the European Union (EU), will from January 2020 have to check whether the chemicals they use contain nanoparticles. If they do, they will have to assess their safety and report the results to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).…

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ISRAEL SHOULD EXPAND DIRTY MONEY DATA DRAGNET, SAYS FATF

THE FINANCIAL Action Task Force (FATF) and European anti-money laundering (AML) body Moneyval have concluded in a report that while Israel is achieving good results in identifying and responding to money laundering and terror financing risks, its supervision and preventive measures need improving.…

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EU EYES SANCTIONS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND GRAFT

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) is considering introducing a Global Human Rights Sanction Regime to freeze assets and ban travel of individuals involved in rights abuses and corruption. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok tweeted that “the EU decided to further develop a blueprint for an EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime” after a December 10 EU Council of Ministers (foreign affairs) meeting that discussed his motion on the issue. …

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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT BACKS WORKER EXPOSURE LIMITS FOR UPHOLSTERY CHEMICAL

The European Parliament has voted to amend a directive on protecting workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work by adding exposure limits for ethylene dichloride (EDC), which is used to make furniture and automobile upholstery, and wall coverings.…

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CLEANING CHILLED PORK CUTS BY DIPPING IN LACTIC ACID SOLUTIONS IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN WATER TREATMENT - EFSA

DIPPING chilled pork cuts with lactic acid is more effective in reducing microbiological contamination than cleaning with water, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded. The European Union agency has also concluded in an expert opinion that meat treated in this way is safe for consumers to eat.…

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CHINESE PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT MARKET MATURES AS ONLINE SALES BOOM

It is hard to avoid either a cosmetics store or an advertisement for one in Chinese cities today. A mind-boggling wave of new retailers set up by investment firms to cash in on the cosmetics and personal care boom are eagerly seeking franchisees around the country.…

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EU RELEASES REGULATION DEMANDING EXTRA DATA ON NANOPARTICLES IN FINISHING CHEMICALS

 

EUROPEAN Union (EU) textile finishers and their suppliers will from January 2020 have to check whether the chemicals they use contain nanoparticles, and if they do, assess their safety and report the results to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). This follows the release of a new EU regulation on nanoforms amending EU chemical control system REACH which will apply to all current REACH registered chemicals and any subject to new registration applications.…

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INTERNATIONAL REGULATORY ROUND UP - RETALIATORY DUTIES ON USA CONFECTIONERY AND INGREDIENTS EXPORTS CHALLENGED AT WTO

THE WORLD Trade Organisation (WTO) Disputes Settlement Body (DSB) has approved establishing disputes settlement panels ruling sought by the USA on whether retaliatory duties imposed by the European Union (EU), Canada, China, and Mexico on US confectionery and sweet bakery and associated ingredient exports, imposed in response to America’s controversial steel and aluminium tariffs, break WTO rules.…

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