THE EUROPEAN Parliament has tightened proposed restrictions on the use of pentaBDE, (pentabromodiphenyl ether), because of concerns that the flame retardant used to make fire-proof furniture and upholstery harms human health and the environment and has been found in increasing quantities in breast milk. MEP's approved amendments that would reduce the maximum permitted level of residues of this substance in other substances to 0.1 per cent rather than the 5 per cent proposed by the European Commission. MEP's also voted for tight controls to ...

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