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Highly Toxic Bicycle Repair Kits

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BRUSSEL, Belgium – For the second time in two months the European Union has ordered the withdrawal of bicycle repair kits from the EU market. The solution in the kits do not comply with the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC. This time the China produced rubber solutions contained too high

Highly Toxic Bicycle Repair Kits

BRUSSEL, Belgium – For the second time in two months the European Union has ordered the withdrawal of bicycle repair kits from the EU market. The solution in the kits do not comply with the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC. This time the China produced rubber solutions contained too high toxic toluene levels.

The product poses a chemical risk because the rubber solution contains 30% of toluene. Toluene is classified as reprotoxic. According to the Chemical Restrictions Directive, toluene is prohibited in consumer products at levels above 0.1%.

This time the rubber solution was found bicycle repair kits of an unknown brand name. The packaging consists of a stiff transparent casing on cardboard, contains metal bicycle spanners, metal scraper, 2 tyre valves, rubber patches and a small, white tube of rubber solution. The text is marked in English with ideograms of a skull and an orange flame on a white background.

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