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Consumer products

What will post-Covid global sourcing look like?

Unprecedented levels of global trade disruption and uncertainty triggered by COVID-19 make reliable forecasting all but impossible. Nevertheless, observations of trends point to several probable outcomes of this still unfolding global crisis. The near-shoring trend of 2019 can be expected to continue and accelerate. With the current crisis further underscoring the risk of supply chains keeping […]

Sweden proposes Chemical Tax on Clothing and Footwear products

The Swedish government is considering implementing a tax on clothing and footwear products containing SVHCs under EU REACH Regulations. In order to increase public finances and reduce the incidence or risk of exposure to, and spread of, substances in clothing and footwear that are harmful to the environment and human health, the Swedish government is […]

Jailed for a Facebook post: garment workers’ rights at risk during Covid-19

Global fashion brands urged to speak out after arrest of factory employee fuels fears that rights are eroded during pandemic On the evening of 31 March, at the height of the Covid-19 epidemic, Soy Sros, a young Cambodian garment worker, took out her phone and posted a message on Facebook. The Cambodian garment sector was in […]

EU restriction of BPA in thermal paper enters into force

An EU-wide ban has entered into force on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper. As of 2 January the substance cannot legally be placed on the market in thermal paper in a concentration equal to or greater than 0.02% by weight. In December 2016, the European Commission published a Regulation adding BPA, which is used in […]

Food contact Bamboo and Melamine products continue to face challenges in the European Union

Composite materials containing bamboo and melamine-formaldehyde resin are facing scrutiny in the EU. Recent risk assessments by the German Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (BfR) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reconfirm specific migration issues and use of questionable additives. In an earlier blog post we informed you about market surveillance activities and concerns relating […]

Consumer product safety in the UK

The head of consumer protection policy at UK’s Which? explains how general safety laws help protect UK citizens. Sue Davies is the Head of Consumer Protection and Food Policy, at Which?, the UK’s equivalent of Australia’s CHOICE. In this editorial, she talks about how general safety laws – similar to those that CHOICE would like […]

More than half of EU consumers have environmental impact in mind when shopping, new survey reveals

On November 28th the European Commission released its 2019 edition of the Consumer Conditions Scoreboard. It shows that the overall gap in consumer conditions is narrowing between the different regions of the EU; that consumers are more aware about their environmental footprint; and that consumer rules enable trust in the marketplace. Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for […]

Potentially deadly electrical products available on Amazon and eBay, safety charity investigation finds

Amazon and eBay have been accused of failing to stop the sale of unsafe electricals after a safety charity found ‘potentially deadly’ items advertised. Electrical Safety First found that of 15 products it bought and tested from the two sites, as well as the online marketplace Wish, 14 failed tests against UK standards. The failures […]

Companies need to improve communication of hazardous substances in products

A Forum pilot enforcement project in 15 participating countries has found that 12 % of inspected products contain substances of very high concern (SVHCs). The majority (88 %) of suppliers of these products are failing to communicate sufficient information to their customers about SVHCs in products they supply. Helsinki, 18 November 2019 – The results of the pilot […]

Risks from bio-based FCM need monitoring – UK research

Additional sources of migration possible from agri-food, processing Food contact materials made from animal or plant biomass can perform as well as plastic FCM, but there may be additional risks to consumers from chemicals and allergens migrating into food, according to a UK study. These include heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), natural toxins and […]

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