Anyone know why the EU has banned the use iodine for purifying water?
This is worldwide.
Although proven to be very effective and safe, unfortunately iodine is not being supported under the EU Biocides Directive. For this reason Lifesystems discontinued supplying iodine products (stock codes 3100/3110) in August 2009. It should be made clear that the product is still perfectly safe to use. Please however be aware that we will not accept any returns on iodine after August, unless due to a quality problem. Lifesystems have been working with various water treatment experts to make sure an improved alternative is available. Chlorine tablets will continue as normal, but we will also be introducing Chlorine Dioxide liquid and tablets to the range from August to replace Iodine. Chlorine Dioxide is considered to be the best way to disinfect water in outdoor environments and will be very effective against most water borne pathogens including Cryptosporidium and Giardia, and does not have any after-taste or long-term effects.
Thanks for that. I'll use up my existing stock and look out for the Chlorine dioxide. For what it's worth I always preferred the taste of iodine over chlorine.
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