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Govt suspends ban on use of kaylites

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has given kaylites manufacturers three months reprieve to wind up their operations leaving the discretion to use kaylites to individuals. According to the state owned  Zimbabwe broadcasting  corporation,  EMA  held a meeting with manufacturers and retailers  where an agreement was reached allowing business to exhaust their material in the next three months though individual consumers will have the final decision.

The government last week announced that it has activated statutory instrument 84 of 2012 which prohibits the manufacturing or importation of polystyrene or kaylites citing environmental and health hazards.

The ban followed a recent research by the University of Zimbabwe which showed that kaylites are made out of a chemical called styrene that is mutagenic if consumed.

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