By Tom Bannister
As students in Shanghai prepare to head back to school after the Spring Festival break, tests have shown that some of the school uniforms used by city schools contain dangerous carcinogens.
Xinhua reports that local authorities recently tested 22 types of school uniform and found that six contained cancer causing dyes or lacked the cotton fibers that they were supposed to contain. Whilst the lack of cotton is less of a concern, the presence of carcinogenic dyes will no doubt worry parents.
The tests were carried out by the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision, which cited the Shanghai Ouxia Clothing Company, a factory in Pudong, as using the banned aromatic amine dyes, a known carcinogen. This is reportedly not the first time the factory had failed such tests.
The Shanghai Education Commission said that they will inform the relevant schools and advised parents to spend more on school uniforms, rather than risking their child’s health by buying cheap alternatives.
For those keeping count, add clothes to the list of things that can give you cancer.