IPEN has released the findings of an investigation into the contamination of children’s toys with POPs chemicals which have been found to contaminate recycled plastics. Laboratory analysis of 95 Rubik’s cubes and 16 additional samples (including a thermo cup, hair clips, combs, headdresses, and children’s toys) from 26 countries in various regions found 100 samples (90%) contained OctaBDE at concentrations ranging from 1 to 1174 ppm. Forty-three samples (39%) contained OctaBDE at levels greater than 50 ppm – one of the LPCL proposed for PBDEs listed in the Stockholm Convention. One sample exceeded the higher proposed LPCL of 1000 ppm.
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