AZOCOLOURANTS AGAIN

BY ALAN OSBORN
THE EUROPEAN Commission is to re-examine the safety of azocolourants, used for dyeing textile and leather materials, at the request of the German and Danish governments who argue that a ban agreed late last year by the EU Council of Ministers does not go far enough.

As Ministers banned the colourants, which have been linked to a cancer risk, in clothes and accessories coming into contact with human skin or oral cavities, the two countries said this should be extended to all uses in children's toys. In an annex to the ministers' ...


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