‘Dangerous’ nappies in the EU


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Expensive Editor,

EDANA and its members, the commerce affiliation for non-woven merchandise, who produce greater than 80 % of all disposable nappies offered within the EU, are very involved at a collection of deceptive stories that comprise extremely inaccurate claims about nappies.

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These claims are unfounded and alarmist and are prone to trigger pointless stress and fear to the tens of millions of households who use our merchandise each day.

The protection of our merchandise is an absolute precedence for our business.

Producers make sure that all merchandise adjust to all related European and nationwide laws referring to chemical substances and product security and are secure for his or her supposed and foreseeable use.

Our members have launched a Stewardship Programme for Absorbent Hygiene Merchandise which works past EU authorized obligations to make sure the utmost stage of security of and transparency on our merchandise.

These deceptive claims are based mostly on a extremely selective use of information revealed through the years by French authorities and which have been reported out of context.

The identical French authority reported in 2020 that diapers had been secure.

In response to issues raised by the French authorities in 2019, the European Chemical compounds Company (ECHA) was requested to overview whether or not the presence of sure chemical substances in disposable nappies may pose a menace to human well being.

Following a really thorough investigation, ECHA concluded {that a} threat couldn’t be demonstrated and identified uncertainties and shortcomings within the analytical technique used for testing, stating that “the reliability of the analytical outcomes is prone to be severely affected” by these uncertainties.

Whereas there have been hint ranges of some contaminants in some merchandise, they weren’t sufficient to pose a threat.

Such contaminants are usually not deliberately added to nappies nor are they used within the manufacturing processes. They’re discovered within the exterior surroundings together with in lots of foodstuffs and they don’t current any well being threat.

For instance, formaldehyde is present in greater hint ranges in natural supplies corresponding to fruit (the place the extent is 200 occasions greater than in nappies) or milk (the place the extent is 10 occasions greater).

Yours sincerely,


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EDANA helps its members to design their future, serving greater than 300 firms within the nonwovens and associated industries, throughout over 30 international locations. Its mission is to create the muse for sustainable development of the nonwovens and associated industries via energetic promotion, schooling and dialogue.

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