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Ban on used undergarments benefits manufacturers
Jan '11
The Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS) has recently imposed a ban on import and sales of second-hand undergarments, which would become effective from February 1 onwards.

The ban has been imposed in view of the complaints from the users who suffered severe reactions after use of these second hand undergarments, the RBS claimed.

RBS added that, there are no contradictions to the claims that, the business of trading in used garments or other items is very much beneficial, but then this has turned the developing nations into dump yards for these items. Also those dealing in these products have no concern regarding the hazards that these products could cause to the users.

Certainly, second hand undergarments carry a high health risk quotient, as there are high chances that if the original user suffered from an infection, and that disease could pass on to the next person using these undergarments.

Further, today the expert dealers are claiming that there is heavy demand for such garments, owing to their being less expensive then the fresh products, but then the same trend may not pursue in future.

If a person contracts a disease while using a used undergarment, certainly the treatment cost is going to be much higher than the cost of purchasing a fresh and safe garment.

Thus, imposing a ban on such used undergarments is a wise move. However, the RBS then should even be considering other second-hand items which may possibly prove risky not only for the citizens of Rwanda, but also may be detrimental to the environment.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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