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Parliamentary questions
20 February 2009
E-0121/2009
Answer given by Ms Kuneva on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is aware of the reports on the severe dermatitis developed by a considerable number of consumers when using certain sofas, both of leather and fabric, imported from China. The dermatitis has indeed been traced back to an anti-mould agent, dimethylfumarate (DMF).

DMF has also been identified in shoes, in boots and gloves for motorcycling, and in riding helmets.

The Commission plans to adopt a Community Measure under Article 13 of Directive 2001/95/EC on general product safety, in the form of a Commission Decision, in the coming weeks. The Member States gave a favourable opinion on the draft Decision on 29 January 2009. The draft Decision is currently under scrutiny by the European Parliament.

In summary, the Measure provides that no consumer product shall contain DMF, and that products containing DMF should be withdrawn from the market and recalled from consumers.

OJ C 189, 13/07/2010
Last updated: 4 March 2009Legal notice