EU Product Recall triggered by Asbestos Fibres in Thermos Flasks
Thermos flasks containing asbestos fibres present in the separators of their double glass wall have recently been recalled in the EU.
Thermos Flask Safety Compromised by Asbestos
Asbestos fibres can be present in the separators of the double glass wall of some thermos flasks. The separator is used to separate two glass walls in vacuum condition and to minimise heat transfer from inside to outside the flask. If the thermos breaks, the users may inhale asbestos fibres. These fibres are extremely dangerous and so the EU has initiated a number recall cases of thermos flasks.
Asbestos is a class of natural mineral fibres including actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, chrysotile, crocidolite and tremolite. Asbestos fibres have good heat retaining, heat resisting and anti-abrasive properties. Asbestos has been used in various industries such as building, automobile and shipbuilding, however it has been confirmed that asbestos fibres can induce asbestosis and lung cancer.
EU Regulations and Product Recalls:
According to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), the manufacture, placing on the market and use of asbestos fibres and of articles containing these fibres added intentionally is prohibited.
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