Plasticizer levels in kids' raincoats over 200 times legal standard: CPC
By Jenny Wang, Special to The China PostThe Consumer Protection Committee (CPC, 消保會) announced yesterday that 70 percent of inspected children's raincoat brands and makes exceeded allowable levels of plasticizers and lead.
August 20, 2013, 2:19 pm TWN
The CPC conducted a random inspection of children's raincoat brands and makes in Taipei City, Kaohsiung City and Taoyuan County. Of the 21 raincoats, 15 contained an excessive amount of plasticizers, with 10 exceeding the standard by 200 times.
Consumer ombudsman Wang De-ming (王德明) said that the substandard products had already been removed from shelves. If those manufacturers again break the regulations, they will be penalized between NT$60,000 to NT$1,500,000 according to the Consumer Protection Act.
The CPC said they will request the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) reinforce inspection measures concerning raincoats.
Liu Sheng-nan (劉勝男), a section chief with the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI), noted that the harm done by plasticizers to human bodies should not be underestimated.
In the long run, plasticizers, which can be absorbed through the skin, can lead to premature puberty and damage the reproductive organs of boys.
After children use raincoats they should wash their hands and take a bath as soon as possible in light of concerns over the accumulation of plasticizers in the body, stressed Liu.
Rao Yu-zhen (饒玉珍), another BSMI section chief, stated that exposure to excessive lead damages the nervous system of children and harms the development of intelligence and the functioning of kidneys.