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EU Considers Extending DMF Biocide Ban to Imports

9:49 AM MST | February 9, 2009 | ESTHER D’AMICO and REBECCA COONS

The European Commission plans to propose a ban on the use of the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF) in all consumer products sold in the European Union (EU). The EU’s biocidal products directive (BPD) already prohibits the use of DMF on goods made in the region; the ban would expand the restriction to imports. DMF-containing products currently on the market would be recalled and withdrawn “without delay” under the proposal, the commission says. DMF is used to prevent mold that may deteriorate leather, furniture, or footwear in humid climates. The...

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