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RAPEX Alerts Highlight Safety Risks in European Consumer Products

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The European Union's Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products, known as RAPEX, issues alerts identifying non-compliant products posing serious risks to consumers. RAPEX plays a crucial role in identifying and addressing non-compliant products in the EU market, emphasizing the importance of adhering to safety regulations to protect consumers. 

Here a list of most critical products notified by Member Stated authorities across Europe only during the past few day:

Chloroform and Dichloromethane Found in Chemical Products - In France, a serious risk was identified in the category of chemical products, specifically stationery and office machinery. The product in question failed to comply with both the REACH Regulation and the Regulation on the classification, labeling, and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP). It contained excessive levels of chloroform (33.6% by weight) and dichloromethane (39.4% by weight). Chloroform is known to cause skin irritation and potential health issues through inhalation or ingestion, with suspected carcinogenic properties. Dichloromethane affects the central nervous system and can harm the neurological development and behavior of unborn children, also suspected of being a carcinogen when inhaled.

>> Forbidden Substances in Cosmetics - Italy and Hungary experienced serious risks in the cosmetics category. Several products violated the Cosmetic Products Regulation, containing 2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl) propionaldehyde (BMHCA), which is prohibited in cosmetics. BMHCA has the potential to harm the reproductive system, endanger the health of unborn children, and cause skin sensitization. Regulatory actions include banning the marketing of these products, recalls, destruction, and withdrawal from the market, with entry-into-force dates varying between May and December 2023.

>> Phthalates Concentration in Flexible Water Pipe - Cyprus encountered a safety risk concerning a flexible water pipe not complying with the REACH Regulation. The plastic material of the water pipe contained an excessive concentration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP). These phthalates can be harmful to children's health, potentially causing damage to the reproductive system. The product was ordered to be withdrawn from the market.

>> Toy Safety Directive and Formaldehyde Concerns in Toys - France, Lithuania, and Hungary saw issues with toys not meeting the requirements of the Toy Safety Directive or specific European standards. These products presented different dangers, such as batteries easily accessible to children, formaldehyde in paint, and the risk of small parts detaching. Corrective measures included removing product listings by online marketplaces and recalls. Compliance with the Toy Safety Directive and associated standards is essential to ensure children's safety.

For further details on these alerts and specific product information, please visit the RAPEX website.


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