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BAGGED CEMENT RECALL

Elevated levels of chromium VI found in bagged cement

It has been reported that Lafarge is to recall 7k tonne of cement produced at its Westbury Works in Wiltshire due to the incidence of elevated levels of Chromium VI. The bags involved are said to be on sale throughout the south west. Lafarge managing director, Erdogan Pekenc told Contract Journal : “we have taken this precautionary measure to be proactive and transparent with our customers, and to ensure that the products we supply are of the highest quality. We apologise to our customers for the disruption caused by this and we are extremely grateful for their help and support at this time.” Customers who have any queries can contact Lafarge on 0845-470 0100. 

Comment: The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (COSHH 2004) prohibits the supply or use of cement which has a chromium VI concentration of more than 2 parts per million. As well as cement itself, the restriction applies to a wide range of products that contain cement such as mortars, grouts, tile adhesives etc.

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