Companies producing food, medicine, cosmetics and plastic across Europe are breaking EU legislation not completing important safety checks when using millions of tonnes of chemicals in production, an analysis has found.
This has been going on for years but was only recently discovered thanks to German government files, which environmental group BUND obtained.
The companies failed to report whether these chemicals are harmful to unborn babies or cancerous, or pose a threat to the environment.
As many as 12 to 121 million tonnes of the 41 different chemicals concerned are used in Europe every year. They can be found in customer and industrial products, including medicines, food contacts (such as packaging) and toys.
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