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‘Rubber granulate in artificial turf fields as possible, yet risky’

‘Rubber granulate in artificial turf fields as possible, yet risky’

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The substances in the rubber granulate in artificial turf fields have may still be health effects in people.

That would prove to new research from the Free University of Amsterdam that Wednesday is presented in the programme Zembla.

The researchers did experiments with zebra fish and zebravisembryo’s, which were exposed to water in which the grains have been located. The result: “The embryos die and the fish will exhibit a change in behaviour.”

Research leader Jacob de Boer advises people in a press release from Zembla to not to play sports on artificial grass fields with rubber crumb. “I wouldn’t do”, says the professor.

It is according to the researchers, it is still too early to say whether the substances in the rubber granulate can also be harmful to people. The RIVM concluded earlier that playing football on artificial pitches that are broadcast with rubber granulate is not dangerous.

Tire industry

According to the Association Tire and Environment, which bandenleveranciers are united for the re-use of tyres, would the earlier research of the RIVM, the results debunk that, in the World are presented.

The tire industry announced Wednesday morning measures to prevent the ‘normendiscussie’ about rubber crumb remains ‘capitalism’, while several studies would have shown that there is no relation between sports at the rubber crumb, and cancer.

The standard applies to the harmful polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHS) in the rubber granulate. “Of the eight major PAHS may now up to 20mg/kg of the granulate”, according to the association, which is trying to impose on BEM-certified producers.

Professor De Boer warns, however, that in addition to the PAHS, other substances in the rubber granulate sit. “Organic compounds, not metals. And that can have a toxic effect. That will have to be mapped.”

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