Which products should be banned from Australia?
Petrochemical and other chemical products are now considered to be an “extensive” risk to the environment, with new restrictions set to go into effect in Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory on Monday.
Key points:The new restrictions will go into place across the country in the first phase of the National Pollutant Reduction StrategyThe restrictions will apply to all of Australia’s largest chemical and petrochemicals producer and exporter groupsPetrochemical companies are required to keep the country’s “precautionary principle” in place in order to avoid “catastrophic” or “catabolic” chemicals such as methylglyoxal and formaldehyde from entering the environment.
While the Government is proposing to ban most products containing formaldehyde and methylglyoxicl, there are a handful of exceptions.
It is expected to include the following products:1.
Formaldehyde-containing aerosols, such as petrochloroethylene2.
Formal diluents, such a dilute formaldehyde solution3.
Non-flammable aerosols such as aerosol mixtures or spray bottles, or those that are applied directly to the skin5.
Pesticides and herbicides that are not used for agricultural purposes, but are known to cause “harm” to wildlife6.
Chemicals that are “substantially similar” to those listed above7.
Chemically inert products that contain ingredients that are known carcinogens8.
Any products containing synthetic solvents and pesticides9.
Synthetic or synthetic derivatives of these substances10.
Chemical equipment used in the manufacture of these productsOther products that are considered to pose a risk to our environment include:11.
Toxic solvants and pesticides used in pesticides and herbicide production12.
Toxic chemicals, such that are classified as a Category B carcinogen or a Class B neurotoxin13.
Substances that are used as biological weapons14.
Animal feed products15.
Petrol, which is derived from petroleum products and other petroleum products16.
Pet food products22.
Nonorganic and organic agricultural products26.
Food and non-organic food products, including dairy products, eggs and poultry27.
Nonfood products, such, as meat, poultry and eggs28.
Vegetable and fruit products29.
Meat and poultry products30.
Fruit and nut products33.
Vegetables and fruit34.
Fish and shellfish36.
Fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and shellfishes40.
Cider and beer41.
Cakes, pastries and pastries42.
Pastry bars and cakes47.
Tea and tea products50.
Juice and other sweetened drinks52.
Coffee, tea and coffee products56.
Beveraged drinks, juices and other flavoured drinks57.
Coffee products, juice and coffee drinks, mixed drinks and hot beverages58.
Beer and wine61.
Wine, teas, and mixed drinks63.
Beer, beer and wine products65.
Other alcoholic drinks, such the like69.
Beveras, such drinks that are alcohol free73.
Other food products74.
Other drinks, that contain sugar or starch75.
Other sweeteners, such sweeteners in other food products76.
Other packaged foods77.
Other products, that are made from non-alcoholic beverages78.
Other nonfood products79.
Other foods, that do not contain any alcohol80.
Other processed foods81.
Other baked goods82.
Other fruit products83.
Other dairy products85.
Other meat products86.
Other seafood products87.
Other egg products88.
Other animal products89.
Other fish products91.
Other plants and animals92.
Other seeds and crops93.
Other herbs and vegetables94.
Other dried fruit95.
Other grains, legumes, nuts and seeds96.
Other legumes and nuts97.
Other fruits and vegetables98.
Other plant products100.
Other vitamins and minerals102.
Other natural products103.
Other minerals, such calcium and magnesium104.
Other trace minerals, including copper and zinc105.
Other mineral salts, such potassium chloride and manganese oxides106.
Other sulphates, such bismuth chloride and cobalt oxide107.
Other organic compounds, such iron oxide and titanium oxides108.