The UN said Thursday an insecticide used in farming and to treat woodworm, Lindane, was among nine highly toxic chemicals added to a “dirty dozen” of dangerous substances on an international red list….The eight others added to the Stockholm Convention under changes that came into force on Thursday are also used commercially in some countries as pesticides or industrial flame retardants, the UN Environment Programme said in a statement.
Eight of the new chemicals were classified under Annex A which bans or phases out their production.
One of new group is chlordecone, a pesticide which was banned in France in 1993 after being used widely in banana plantations in the French Antilles.
A chemical incorporated in some plastics, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, was also restricted, with exemptions in making flat screens, computer semiconductors and for some types of ant and termite control.
Some countries have already banned or restricted the sale of the chemicals.
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