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Diapers’ Chemical Contaminants Become Focus of European Agency

Jan. 16, 2020, 6:05 PM

The European Chemicals Agency wants to take a close look into the contents of infants’ diapers.

In a call for evidence published Thursday, the Helsinki-based body said it may consider a restriction under the European Union’s REACH law to limit a number of hazardous contaminants that can be found in single-use diapers sold in the bloc.

Calls for evidence allow parties to signal their interest and express views and concerns as regulators prepare a restriction proposal. The restriction would cover polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins, furans, polychlorinated biphenyls, and formaldehyde.

Some 21 billion single-use diapers are sold in the European Union ...

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