On Wednesday, January 23rd, the French National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) published its risk assessment report on chemical substances present in disposable diapers for babies in France.
The risk assessment carried out by ANSES revealed high concentrations of dangerous substances, which may present risks to babies’ health.
These substances include in particular:
- Perfuming substances (propional butylphenyl methyl or hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde)
- Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
Following this discovery, ANSES called for a strengthening of restrictive measures at the national and European level within the framework of the REACh regulation. The General Department of Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) will strengthen controls in 2019 and manufacturers have been given notice to submit their action plans and initial results within an extremely short period of 15 days.
This example illustrates the need for the industry as a whole to better control potentially harmful chemicals present in articles or used in production processes and to control permissible concentrations and exposure limit values.
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