ORGANOSTANNIC COMPOUND BAN ORDERED BY EU MINISTERS

BY KEITH NUTHALL

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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