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DEHP and BPA substance requests

There are an ever growing number of substance information requests around DEHP (bis ethylhexyl phthalate) and BPA (bisphenol A).   So what is behind this? We asked expert industry chemist Dr Paul Goodman of ERA Technology  for his thoughts on the matter.   The Canadian Government has required manufacturers and importers to provide information on the presence of DEHP and ...

£20m payout for DMF victims

Those of you who follow my blogs will know that I have posted a few articles on the subject of the chemical DMF (dimethyl fumarate) which has been used in the production of several models of sofa. Customers who were left with a horror rash and peeling skin, with many of them fearing skin cancer, are in line to receive ...

DMF court case set to open today

Those of you who have followed my articles on Dimethyl Fumarate (DMF), the anti-mould substance found in leather sofa’s and armchairs might be interested to know that a court case was due to open today (22 September). The case is to determine how much compensation should be paid out to the victims of sofa burns. People across the UK developed ...

Substance restrictions – the process

The recent restriction on Dimethyl Fumarate (DMF) in imported products was clearly not by the standard procedure. The use of DMF was already banned in the EU but not as a component in imported products. In the UK it resulted in illness and was largely ignored by retailers until journalists took an interest, in particular the BBC Watchdog programme. Simultaneously, a ...

Another random substance – PAH

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are a family of chemicals mainly derived from oil and coal but also as by-products from burning a variety of materials. Therefore the main environmental sources are from coke production, from petrol and diesel engine exhausts, from grilling meat and burning toast. Some PAH compounds, such as Benzopyrene are carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins. Very few ...

Warning-more information on Dimethyl Fumarate

I have been asked recently about the biocide Dimethyl Fumarate (CAS 624-49-7). Back in February 2008 the UK consumer programme “Watchdog” reported a story about Chinese manufactured leather sofas, sold by a number of leading high street retailers in the UK, including Argos, Land of Leather and Walmsleys, that had lead to severe skin reactions due to the use of ...

Dimethyl Fumarate

I have been asked recently about the biocide Dimethyl Fumarate (DMF)…..CAS624-49-7. On 1May 2009 the European Commission banned products containing DMF from being placed on the market. Any products already on the market had to be either withdrawn or recalled from customers.

N-Propyl Bromide restriction

The European Parliament is seeking to have restrictions placed on the use of N-Propyl Bromide. So what is it? N-Propyl bromide (NPB) is mainly used as a vapour degreaser, as a metal cleaner and sometimes for the removal of flux residues. It is sold as the pure solvent for these applications. It is also used in spray adhesives. It is ...

What is PAH?

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are a family of chemicals mainly derived from oil and coal but also as by-products from burning a variety of materials.

PFOS and PFOA

Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) was at one time manufactured in large quantities in the USA, mostly by 3M. It was a key ingredient in Scotchgard, a fabric protector made by 3M, and numerous stain repellents.