IULTCS provide scientific facts and figures about chrome

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Published:  05 September, 2013

The IUR committee of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists has published a paper on chromium and leather research which is freely available from the IULTCS website to download as a pdf.

Written by Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer, Chairman IUR, IULTCS and 
Dr Martin Kleban, TEGEWA Working Group Tanning Chemicals. The paper provides clear guidance on the use of chrome in tanning and steps to help produce leather in accordance with international standards. In the introduction the report states:

“Huge progress has been made especially in the last decade. The vast majority of tanners take this potential risk very seriously. The R&D community is continuously working on methods to avoid formation of chromium VI so that it will not have any negative impact on the environment or people and as much chromium will be recycled as possible. Huge progress has been made especially in the last decade. The vast majority of tanners take this potential risk very seriously. The R&D community is continuously working on methods to avoid formation of chromium VI so that it will not have any negative impact on the environment or people and as much chromium will be recycled as possible. Unfortunately considerable false or misleading information about the use of chromium in leather are appearing in the media. The occasional cases of poorly operating tanneries, which are not representing the standard technologies in our industry, are taken and generalized, and an impression that chrome tanning in general is a process, which has to be stopped and forbidden immediately, is given.

Fortunately, the reality is totally different. Based on current scientific knowledge, there is no reason that any consumer should face a toxicity risk from Cr VI when simple guidelines and recommendations are followed.

To download a pdf of the full report please visit: www.iultcs.org

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