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Canada Proposes TCEP Ban in Polyurethane Foam

January 8, 2013

Health Canada announced a proposed regulatory amendment that would prohibit products intended for children under three years of age that are made, in whole or in part, from polyurethane foam (PUF) containing TCEP (tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (at times incorrectly referred to as "chlorinated Tris").

This proposed regulation would prevent its future use in children's products, and prohibit international manufacturers from inporting children's products containing TCEP into Canada. Stakeholders have found that manufacturers have already move away from the use of TCEP in PUF and replaced it with alternatives.

TCEP is a flame retardand additive for PUF and other materialS. As with other flame retardants, TCEP is typically not intentionally added to toys.

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