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Norway has banned the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in consumer products from 1 June 2014, the country's Environment Agency has announced. The ban will apply to solid and liquid consumer products, as well as textiles.

PFOA has been used in a variety of consumer products for many years. One of the significant uses of the substance has been to provide water resistant coatings to textile products and others such as cleaning agents, paints, coatings, leather and electronic products and so on. However, it doesn't break down in the environment. PFOA possible via food, air and water into the body may be linked to reduced fertility and affect immune system.

Specific requirements are as follows. :

Product categories
Effective date
PFOA in a liquide mixture
10 mg/kg
(Photographic coatings for film, palper or screen)
PFOA in textiles
1.0 ug/m2
PFOA in a solid product
(foil or tape in semiconductors)

Information Resource: Announcement from the Norwegian Ministry of Environment

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