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Shoot: Information Action about PVC in Children's Toys in Amsterdam the Netherlands

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On July 3, 1997, the Dutch retail chain Blokker, which also owns Bart Smit Toys and Intertoys, informs Greenpeace Netherlands that 'in all future orders we will state that toys intended for children under the age of three may not contain any PVC, and that the use of PVC packaging is not allowed'. These retail chains represent almost 50% of the toy market in the Netherlands. On July 4, 1997, The Dutch entity of Toys 'R' Us states 'to make it fully clear to our suppliers that we are not in favour of the use of PVC in toys and packaging, that is stated as a condition of supply when orders are issued', in a letter to the Executive Director of Greenpeace Netherlands. Following this, after testing teethers, rattles and toy figurines sold for babies, the Netherlands Ministry of Health finds that the Dutch advised total daily intake of DINP would be exceeded by 5 -50% for all babies sucking or chewing on PVC teethers. 'Although the phthalate concentration and migration values found do not result in an immediate danger to the health of babies, negative effects cannot be excluded. Exceeding of the total daily intake is undesirable; therefore, the Ministry urges major retailers to prevent babies from being exposed to phthalates in toys'. In November the Dutch Consumer Agency issues a press release confirming that some soft PVC toys are still on the shelves. Despite numerous promises to withdraw soft PVC toys for infants, these products are still widely available on some retailers shelves in the Netherlands. In November and December Greenpeace does some random checks at Dutch retailers like Bart Smit, Toys 'R' Us, Intertoys (which is owned by Blokker) and Blokker. It seems that the majority of shops has removed the toxic toys from their shelves. Greenpeace wants a ban on the sales and production of all PVC-products and first of all the soft PVC toys for young children.
Information Action about PVC in Children's Toys in Amsterdam
22 Nov, 1997
Information Action about PVC in Children's Toys in Amsterdam
Information Action about PVC in Children's Toys in Amsterdam
22 Nov, 1997
Information Action about PVC in Children's Toys in Amsterdam
Information Action about PVC in Children's Toys in Amsterdam
22 Nov, 1997
Information Action about PVC in Children's Toys in Amsterdam
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