BTHA plays it safe

On the eve of a European Parliament vote on the REACH chemical proposals, the BTHA has hit back at concerns expressed by MEP Caroline Lucas over toy safety, claiming toys have never been safer.
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David Hawtin, director general of the BTHA, commented: "It is typical of the environmental lobby to use expectant mothers and mothers with young children as targets in their efforts to draw attention to 'suspect' chemicals or 'potentially' dangerous chemicals in toys.

?The reality is that the toy industry is strictly and comprehensively regulated - and has been for many years. Consumers should not be misled by concocted myths about 'suspect' children's toys. They are baseless.

?The toy industry spends a lot of time and effort identifying materials that are safe. For this reason it supports the objective of REACH. However, it is a direct contradiction of REACH to stampede manufacturers away from chemicals that have been risk assessed towards chemicals about which less is known.?


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