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Garments Sold In Wal-Mart Contain Carcinogens

Guangdong Administration for Industry and Commerce says 40% of knitted garments sold within the province are unqualified, and some garments sold in Trust-Mart and Wal-Mart contain carcinogenic dyes.

110 batches of garments from 40 stores and marts in seven cities including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shantou and Zhanjiang were examined. The pass rate was 60.9%. In the 43 batches of unqualified products, the main problem is failure to meet major safety indices. For example, dissoluble aromatic amine, formaldehyde and pH value often does not reach the standard.

Dissoluble aromatic amine is found in seven batches of products, which are sold in famous marts, including Trust-Mart and Wal-Mart. Dissoluble aromatic amine is a kind of poisonous and harmful dye, which may cause cancer if absorbed through skin. Besides, nine batches of products' pH value are unqualified and four batches' contain formaldehyde.

The administration says the unqualified garments have been ordered to be removed off the shop windows and the operators of those products will be punished.

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