UFC-Que Choisir raises the alert on school supplies, six years later his first work on the subject. According to the affiliation, who published a study on Thursday August 2540% of supplies are made with potentially dangerous components.
The UFC examined round thirty merchandise (ballpoint pens, markers, highlighters, pencils or ink cartridges). Many of them include “reprotoxic and endocrine disrupting phthalates, carcinogenic impurities, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, isothiazolinones, benzyl alcohol, toluene and benzene”, lists the affiliation.
These components are recognized to be doubtless to trigger a number of pathologies starting from allergic reactions to most cancers, even when these dangers stay theoretical within the absence of concrete research on their impact on the well being of college students.
“Calamitous” outcomes for ballpoint pens
The client protection affiliation insists specifically on the outcomes “calamitous” regarding ballpoint pens and advises dad and mom not to purchase them for his or her youngsters “given the cocktail of harmful substances found in all the references tested”, from Bic to Paper Mate, by way of the Eco Pack or Pilot.
Conversely, the UFC notes that highlighters “do rather well in their composition”, with the exception of the Boss model, as are the coloring pens, a class by which 5 references out of the six examined don’t include any carcinogenic part and just one reference incorporates pores and skin allergens.
The affiliation additionally notes that the model isn’t a assure of high quality since articles of acknowledged manufacturers are “likely to be more problematic than those of large retailers”.
“Neither the manufacturers nor the national or European authorities have taken the measure of this serious public health problem, all the more serious as it concerns a vulnerable population”, denounces the affiliation, in view of the slight enchancment within the outcomes between its examine revealed Thursday and that carried out in 2016.
The affiliation emphasizes, for instance, that there isn’t any obligation for supplies to record the allergens they include on the packaging. Manufacturers even have the suitable “to opt or not for the CLP regulation [Classification, Labelling, Packaging] imposing hazard pictograms, when the composition justifies it”regrets the UFC-Que Choisir, which affirms that “the absence of warning, when a product incorporates poisonous molecules, constitutes a deception”.
Call for European regulation
However, the risk is sufficiently considered by the health authorities for one of them, the National Health Security Agency (Anses), worried about it at the beginning of the summer. On the basis of work which also included previous tests of the UFC-Que Choisir, she had deemed the legislation insufficient at both French and European level.
She had asked to align European legislation with that, much more restrictive, in force for toys, taking up a request already expressed for a long time by the UFC-Que Choisir.
The latter reiterated it during its test on Thursday, asking France to bring the subject to European level. “Almost none of these merchandise are unlawful in phrases of their composition due to European rules that are as lax as they are absurd”she judges.
There is one exception, however: a pen bought in a B&M chain store already appears illegal, according to the UFC-Que Choisir study, which calls for its immediate withdrawal.