There will be no ban on inflammable furniture filled with polyurethane foam - even though it contributed to nine deaths in the Mei Foo blaze - the Trade and Industry Bureau said yesterday. A new safety standard will be set, but recalling existing furniture from sale and banning its import would be difficult, said principal assistant secretary Poon Tai-ping. 'At present, polyurethane foam products are very popular in the market,' Mr Poon said, after meeting trade representatives. 'A test on 11 samples of furniture products recently found that they all met the standard in America. 'Therefore, we have good reason to believe that these products are not highly dangerous at home. The most important thing is to maintain adequate fire safety measures at home,' he said. A coroner earlier this month called for all furniture and mattresses made with the material to be withdrawn from sale and its import banned. The substance has been banned in Britain for 10 years. His call was supported by the Consumer Council, which has fought a long battle to have the inflammable foam banned. Mr Poon said the Government needed time to find a standard that would fit Hong Kong and the task would be at the top of his agenda. Hong Kong Plastic Material Suppliers Association vice-chairman Flint Chan said his body agreed a safety standard was needed.