Import control of Chinese plastic kitchen ware
EU has decided that control shall be made for some products that are imported from China and Hongkong. Controls will start 1st of July 2011.
It is kitchen ware such as, spoons, tweezers and spatula produced in polyamide plastic and also other household utensils such as mugs and plates produced of melamine plastic.
Many EU-countries has found at their routine import controls, high levels of primary aromatic amines (PAA) in polyamide plastic and formaldehyde in melamine plastic. These products are not meeting the standards of EU:s demands and has therefore been rejected.
The polyamide plastic can contain pollution like PAA known to develop cancer. This pollutions are not allowed in the plastic utensils. Melamine plastic is sometimes, giving away formaldehyde in concentrations that exceeds current EU-limit. The concerted control that is now introduced will occur at the first place of arrival of goods to EU. In order to import these products a test control is demanded for each delivery, showing that the polyamide and mealmine plastic are PAA free and the content of formaldehyde is not over the approved limit. 10% of the goods will be examined and analyzed at the border and will not be released to the market until approval is issued. The products can be moved to the end destination but supervised by the authority in charge, waiting for the tests to be completed. The Swedish NFA (Livsmedelsverket) and Customs (Tullverket) are planning for further implementation in Sweden.
Regulation 284/2011 (Förordning 284/2011)
Lars-Börje Croon, state inspector: direct tel 018–17 55 64 018–17 55 64 , mobile 0709–24 55 64 0709–24 55 64
Question about routine is done: Niklas Montell, state inspector: direct tel 018-17 53 41 018-17 53 41 ”
Source: : www.slv.se 2011-04-07