School supplies have been shown to contain veritable cocktails of hazardous substances. That’s the finding of an expert’s report (in French) published at the start of July by the French Agency for Food, Environmental, and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES). For example, the scientists found PFAS, BPA, heavy metals, phthalates, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in pens, glues, and notebooks.
That’s why the authors of the report call for stricter monitoring of the market with regular inspections. They also call for the inclusion of school supplies in the EU Directive 2009/48/EC for toy safety. The Directive is currently being revised; a draft is expected by the end of the year.
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