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Lab finds imported fabric with high formaldehyde content
Feb '10
Ho Chi Minh City laboratory discovered a large quantity of formaldehyde and aromatic amines in six fabric batches which were imported from China and other countries, last month.

The Quality Assurance and Testing Center 3 (QUATEST 3) did not disclose the magnitude of fabrics or identity of the companies who imported these fabrics, but it did say that majority of the material was imported from China.

Hoang Lam, the Center's Deputy Director conveyed that the scientists will carry out further examinations on the tainted fabric before it is destroyed or returned back to the exporters.

On December 20, 2009 the Ministry of Industry and Trade proclaimed regulations to the effect that all the imported fabrics need to be examined for harmful chemicals at ports prior to its dispatch from the ports.

Carcinogens like formaldehyde and aromatic amines are generally used to preclude mold. In Vietnam not more than 30 milligrams per kilogram of aromatic amines is allowed in fabrics, also similar limit has been fixed for formaldehyde in garments for children under three.

Besides this, a limit of 75 milligrams of formaldehyde for garments coming in direct contact with human skin, and 300 milligrams for those with no direct touch has been set.

Doctor Tran Van Ky of the Vietnam Food Safety Association commented of formaldehyde being an extremely strong carcinogen which could beget blood, skin and lymphoid and respiratory cancers.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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