The European Commission (EC) has requested the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to prepare a REACH restriction proposal addressing the risk to wildlife and humans (consumption of game meat) from lead in gunshot, lead in ammunition (bullets) and lead in fishing sinkers. The EC’s letter to ECHA[1], dated 16 July 2019, that became public on 21 August 2019, also asks ECHA to assess issues linked to animal welfare, potential accidents to hunters using lead ammunition and its alternatives.

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