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Recently, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) revealed a number of plastic articles contain banned toxic substances. KEMI informed concerned companies of the survey results and planned to make a complaint to the environmental prosecutor.

Among the 62 plastic articles analysed by KEMI, 16 articles contained SCCP in high concentrations, while 11 others contained SCCP in lower concentrations that could possibly a result of contamination in production line. SCCP is a substance of very high concerns (SVHC) under the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and is prohibited under the Persistant Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation.

Furthermore, bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) was found in high concentrations in 32 parts out of 66 analyses. Although DEHP is not banned in products not intended for children, concerns about DEHP in these products are raised. It is because exposure of children to products not intended for children is unavoidable in many occasions.

KEMI notified the corresponding companies of these findings. Companies were also informed of the related regulatory requirements. A complaint would be made to the environmental prosecutor regarding the issue. KEMI urged companies to be aware of their responsibility of ensuring their products to be free of hazardous substances. It also emphasized that consmers have the right to ask for information about any SVHC in products, and to receive a response within 45 days.

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Get a copy in PDF version: Sweden Reports Plastic Products Containing Restricted Substances (PDF 191KB)