THE GENERAL sale to the public of special paints, printing inks, varnishes and adhesives containing 43 dangerous chemicals is to be banned from April 2003, if a proposal from the European Commission is accepted by the EU Council of Ministers.

Brussels wants to amend the EU dangerous substances and preparations directive, which restricts the use of chemicals deemed to be carcinogenic, harm genes or toxic to reproduction, by adding an additional 43 ingredients. The proposals would however allow "professional users who are able to ensure ...

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