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A project led by the European Union (EU) shows that a high number of products on the European market containing chemicals that are restricted under REACH.

The project inspects 1,009 mixtures, 4, 599 articles and 17 substances; 18% did not comply with the restrictions. Specifically, the inspection resulted to the following: phthalates in toys (2% ethylhexyl) (DEHP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) at levels above those permitted); cadmium in brazing fillers ( 14%) and asbestos fibres in products (14%); leather articles (13% of the tested products) and cadmium in jewelery (12%).

The result of the project was released on February 13, 2018.