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Commenting article: EU to Ban Chemical Used in Leather Goods

European Union countries have voted to ban the sale of leather goods that use the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF), which has caused severe allergic reactions in hundreds of consumers.

Leather sofas, shoes and other products that are already on the market and contain DMF "will have to be recalled and withdrawn without delay."
just me - 30 Jan 2009 // 19:00:51

This is really great news!

I had already vowed never again to buy shoes manufactured in China regardless of what label they bore and how nice they looked, and now I know exactly why. This dermatitis is absolutely horrible and I hope that this ruling will force China to become more responsible in manufacturing and exporting. Now I wonder if this chemical is part of what is in those "silica gel" desiccant packets. It would be nice to know what to look for.

FYI, I just read that this chemical is also used to treat psoriasis, which has its own nasty skin manifestation. How bizarre.

Enough of the icky stuff. Have a nice day.

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