Poisonous incidents of foam plastic products have been reported repeatedly, arousing global attention

by:Ennas      2021-12-06

Styrofoam has the characteristics of light weight, good elasticity and heat insulation. In recent years, it has been widely used in the field of children's products such as toys, puzzles and floor mats. At the same time, toxic incidents of foam products have been reported repeatedly, triggering worldwide Highly concerned, a series of restrictions on children's products made of foam have also continued to be released. On April 23 this year, Canada issued an amendment to the Consumer Product Safety Act, which will prohibit the production, import or sale of polyurethane foam (PUF) children’s products containing tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate flame retardant (TCEP) ; On March 1, Taiwan issued regulations that the residual amount of formamide in foam children's products sold in Taiwan shall not exceed 2 ppm. As early as 2009, 2011 and 2013, Belgium, France, the United States and other countries have repeatedly issued regulations on the limit of toxic and hazardous substances in foam children’s products. The foam puzzle mats, which are almost essential products for infants and young children, are even more important. It was 'blocked' on a large scale in Belgium and France. Foam plastic is generally made of polyethylene (PE), ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), polyurethane (PU), polystyrene (PS) and other materials through a foaming process. The material itself is non-toxic, but due to special The process and flame retardant performance requirements of the company blindly add foaming agents, flame retardants, plasticizers and other additives, resulting in products suffering from chemical residues. Studies have shown that residual formamide may cause skin irritation and allergies, and endanger children's central nervous system and reproductive system; TCEP has carcinogenic, mutagenic and other hazards.  Ningbo children’s products are actively gaining a foothold in the global competition, earning more than 500 million U.S. dollars in foreign exchange annually. According to incomplete statistics, in the first five months of this year, only exports of plastic toys amounted to about 12.85 million U.S. dollars, including foam toys. With the increasing calls for banning and restricting foams, the risk of products encountering notifications and returns, etc., 'strikes on the rocks' has also increased significantly, which is expected to have a considerable impact on related products. The inspection and quarantine department reminds companies: First, study the relevant technical regulations and standards carefully, increase the scope of the new regulations, technical requirements, and testing methods in various countries to improve the product's anti-risk ability. The second is to strengthen the theoretical study of the nature and hazards of the materials used, pay attention to quality control in the selection of raw materials, product design and production, and pay special attention to the audit of raw material suppliers to grasp the source. The third is to strengthen communication with inspection supervision departments and third-party inspection agencies, strengthen product quality inspection, and prevent problematic products from entering the market.   In addition, there are currently no clear regulations on the limits of toxic and hazardous substances such as formamide in foam plastic products. There is a mixed bag on the market, and the quality of many products is worrying. Parents should be more cautious when purchasing to avoid safety hazards. Relevant departments should formulate my country's standards as soon as possible to ensure consumer safety.
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