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WECF: More than 30,000 signatures to ‘Stop EDCs in toys’

On 9 April Women in Europe for a Common Future in France (WECF) delivered their petition "Stop endocrine disruptors in toys" signed by more than 30,000 people, to French Health and Environment Ministers. Studies across Europe show that bisphenol A, phthalates and other endocrine disruptors are all harmful substances found in toys.

WECF stresses the need to act globally to reduce the impact of EDCs on our health. The European directive on the safety of toys needs to be revised and the REACH regulations need to incorporate EDCs in their entirety. The mobilisation of citizens is continuing at national and European level as part of this campaign.

At a time when France is developing its National Strategy on EDCs, WECF France is asking Health and Environment Ministers to adopt a comprehensive approach to the regulation of EDCs as a category of substances. WECF France on behalf of consumers and the 30,000 signatories ask for public information on the presence of EDCs in toys.

To do this, it is necessary to better understand the use of chemicals in toys and mobilise all stakeholders involved – including regulators, manufacturers, distributors, and consumer protection associations. The toy industry must work without causing a risk to health and the environment.

Photo credits: WECF France

Originally posted on 11 April 2013

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