THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) Council of Ministers has ordered the phasing out of organostannic compounds within the European Union (EU) over health concerns, a decision that will affect textile and clothing producers. Ministers voted that from January 2012 the use of dioctyltin (DOT) compounds in gloves, footwear (or a section that comes in touch with the skin), childcare articles, nappies, wall and floor coverings will be banned where the chemical's concentration in the article or part exceeds 0.1 % by weight of tin.
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