Health hazard products still off the market

Published 10-11-2010
Furniture and footwear previously available on the market in several European countries have been identified as the cause of damage to the health, such as allergic reactions, of consumers in France, Poland, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

According to clinical tests, the health damage was caused by the chemical dimethylfumarate (DMF), a biocide preventing moulds that may cause leather furniture or footwear to deteriorate during storage or transportation in a humid climate. Awaiting a permanent solution to the problem, the EU introduced a temporary ban in 2009 on products containing DMF. Through a decision by the EEA Joint Committee on 10 November 2010, the ban has been extended to the three EEA EFTA States.

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