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Today, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine will consider the ban on import and production of goods, containing phosphates, Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov said, opening the Cabinet’s meeting, ForUm correspondent reports.
"At today's meeting, we will consider a bill which proposes to gradually, over the next 7 years, prohibit production, import and sale of synthetic detergents and household cleaning products, containing phosphates, in Ukraine. Phosphates are one of the main factors of pollution of surface waters, including those that are sources of drinking water. It’s clear, it adversely affects human health," Azarov said.
According to him, Ukraine is going the same way as the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, etc., who have refused domestic use of detergents based on phosphates.
"Let me remind you that the relevant EU directives identified the phasing-out of these hazardous constituents till January 1, 2017. By the way, the draft technical regulations of the Customs Union also provide for the complete removal of phosphates from detergents till 2020," Azarov said.