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Mosquito repellent could pose health risk

Published måndag 8 juli 2013 kl 10.55
Photo: Pontus Lundahl/James Gathany/Scanpix

A mosquito-repellent bracelet sold nation-wide in Sweden could be potentially hazardous as it emits chemicals that can cause allergic reactions. In June, two people had to seek emergency medical care after having worn the bracelets for only a short period, Swedish Radio reports.

According to the Swedish Chemicals Agency, the bracelets are neither controlled nor approved for use by humans.

"We have had several people call us, angry and asking how we can allow these bracelets on the market as they have caused rashes on their arms," says Johannes Knulst.

According to Knulst, the bracelets fall into the category of biocides, products that fight living organisms such as mosquitos and ticks. Currently, there is no law that says the the bracelets must be approved before being sold.

However, in September EU regulations on biociodes will be tightened, which means products may only contain biocides approved by the Chemicals Agency.

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