Slow to re­move killer cloth­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - KATHRYN POWLEY

OF­FI­CIALS have had al­most 18 months to act on cloth­ing con­tam­i­nated with a can­cer­caus­ing dye but Aus­tralians could have to wait un­til Novem­ber be­fore the items are ei­ther banned or deemed safe.

Cloth­ing con­tam­i­nated with azo dyes are still be­ing sold to con­sumers 16 months af­ter the first items of dodgy denim were pulled from shops.

While of­fi­cials plod through a con­sul­ta­tion process, re­calls upon re­calls have pulled more than 200,000 items of cloth­ing from shelves.

Last Thurs­day re­call no­tices were is­sued for Cot­ton On’s women’s Elly skinny jeans ( 4000 items) and for three styles of Mody- brand chi­nos sold on the­iconic.com.au.

All the cloth­ing had been coloured with azo dyes, a known car­cino­gen when in pro­longed con­tact with skin.

The dye it­self is banned in this coun­try but is still used by some over­seas man­u­fac­tur­ers.

And there is no rule re­gard­ing im­ported prod­ucts, de­spite the Health De­part­ment rec­om­mend­ing re­stric­tions.

Thurs­day’s re­call warned: “Cer­tain azo colourants may re­lease car­cino­genic com­pounds. Ex­pert au­thor­i­ties rec­om­mend that ex­po­sure to these dyes should be elim­i­nated or min­imised.”

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