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Eurofins announces improved and reliable analyses for Dimethylfumarate (DMF)

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

March 2009

What is Dimethylfumarate ?

Dimethylfumarate (DMF) was most often contained as an anti-mould agent in little pouches fixed inside furniture or added to boxes for e.g. footwear or toys. It evaporated and impregnated the product, protecting it from moulds.

What is the Problem ?

Dimethylfumarate (DMF) can affect consumers in contact with the products. It penetrates through clothes onto consumers’ skin, causing painful skin contact dermatitis, including itching, irritation, redness and burns. In some cases, acute respiratory troubles were reported.

The legal situation:

commission decision of 17 March 2009 requires Member States to ensure that products containing the biocide Dimethylfumarate are not placed or made available on the market. According to the commission, the analytical method employed in the analysis for Dimethylfumarate should be able to reliably quantify 0,1 mg DMF per kg of product or part of the product. This means that the method’s quantification limit should be 0,1 mg/kg or less. Further details on DMF can be found at 'EUROPA', the portal site of the European Union.

How Eurofins supports you:

To make sure that the products you market are free of DMF, Eurofins offers a reliable, cost effective and quick test to detect and analyse Dimethylfumarate in various materials (e.g. leather of shoes or furniture, various textiles, toys).  

Contact an expert today to find out more:

Dr. Andreas Grabitz

Tel +49 40 49294 641
Fax +49 40 49294 99 641

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