To guard against serious health risks posed by some sofas, footware or other leather goods using dimethyl fumarate, the substance looks set to be banned across the EU. DMF is a chemical compound used to inhibit mould.A highly toxic fungicide included in products so they will not rot while in storage or transport, it causes violent skin reactions. Sores may resemble cigarette burns, legs and arms may swell, the skin may rupture. Retailers in the UK who sold items including DMF, and who ignored complaints and medical alerts, are facing lawsuits after customers – some of them infants – suffered injuries. Following reports from several EU member states, European experts say DMF should be prohibited in any goods intended for EU consumers. If the ban is approved by the European Parliament and the European Commission, it could go into force within two months.