04 December 2019
‘Innovation’ has become a buzzword in Brussels. Defined as “the introduction of new ideas or methods”, innovation holds many promises for consumers. But it is a means, not an end, and it is not always beneficial. The BEUC view on innovation in the EU is detailed in a new paper titled ‘When innovation means progress’.
27 November 2019
25 July 2019
The EU needs rules on chemicals in coffee cups, straws and other paper food packaging, consumer test shows
A new lab test shows that food packaging made of coloured paper and cardboard - such as coffee cups and straws - may contain and release chemicals originating from the inks used for printing. Paper is the second most used food packaging material after plastic. Unlike plastics, however, there are no EU rules governing paper’s use as a food contact material.
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Dangerous substances contained in everyday products such as soaps, toothpaste and shampoo may cause allergies, cancer, disrupt the hormonal system or damage the environment. Among these chemicals are nanomaterials which are increasingly used in consumer products, although the risks they may pose to human health and the environment have not been sufficiently assessed.
Unsafe ‘CE mark’ products continue to be found on the European market. The high number of product safety warnings and product recalls show the need to revise general and sector-specific product safety legislation in order to adequately cover all risks which may be posed by products. Market surveillance and control activities are insufficient to ensure the highest level of safety possible and the level of enforcement is not yet the same across the EU.
- Improve the general safety of products sold on the EU market and establish a European accident and injury database
- Minimise exposure for consumers and the environment to dangerous chemicals
- Adequately and urgently address the potential risks posed by harmful chemicals including nanotechnologies and hormone disrupting chemicals