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Dec. 20 EU: EU moves to phase out harmful washing powders

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

From: Business Green

The European Parliament has approved new rules that will require washing powders and dishwasher detergents to become almost phosphorus-free, in a move designed to protect river and marine habitats and wildlife.

The Parliament voted through the new package of regulations last week by 631 votes to 18, with four abstentions. The European Council is now expected to approve the rules, allowing them to become EU law.

Under the new standards, from June 2013 a dose of washing powder must not contain more than 0.5 grams of phosphorus....Meanwhile, dishwasher detergents will have to meet a phosphorus limit of 0.3 grams per dose by 1 January 2017.

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