1/2 of rain boots con­tain plas­ti­ciz­ers: CF

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY MEGAN VAN VEGTEN

Six out of 12 chil­dren’s rain boots tested pos­i­tive for ex­ces­sive plas­ti­ciz­ers, ac­cord­ing to a Con­sumers’ Foun­da­tion (CF, ) study re­leased yes­ter­day.

The six sam­ples, which were se­lected ran­domly from shops, mar­kets and on­line stores in Tai­wan, will be re­moved from shelves.

The CF con­ducted the sur­vey in co­op­er­a­tion with the Bureau of Stan­dards, Metrol­ogy and In­spec­tion ( ) of the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs ( ).

The 12 sam­ples tested within na­tional safety stan­dards for heavy metal con­tent: lead, cad­mium, mer­cury, ar­senic, se­le­nium, chromium, an­ti­mony and bar­ium.

But half of the same 12 sam­ples con­tained plas­ti­ciz­ers at 20.7 per­cent to 29.3 per­cent of the to­tal mass, which ex­ceeds the na­tional safety stan­dard of 0.1 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the foun­da­tion.

The six prod­ucts are brand­less, but are not un­reg­u­lated goods sold at a mar­ket stall: The ma­jor­ity of the sam­ples were sold through large cor­po­ra­tions, with two prod­ucts mar­keted on the on­line store of Fubon Me­dia Tech­nol­ogy Co., Ltd, in Taipei.

An­other two

prod­ucts came from the on­line store Su­per Mall from Ya­hoo’s Baby Bear Mummy store in Greater Taoyuan and Pretty Shop in Greater Taichung. One sam­ple was re­trieved from a trad­ing com­pany in Greater Tainan.

The six sam­ples con­tain plas­ti­ciz­ers in con­cen­tra­tions that ex­ceed the na­tional per­mis­si­ble limit, so the bureau will be re­mov­ing the prod­ucts from the shelves ac­cord­ing to the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Law.

In ad­di­tion, nine sam­ples do not meet na­tional safety stan­dards for footwear and will be re­ferred to the Eco­nomics Min­istry for han­dling, the CF said.

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