Thursday, January 20, 2011
Chinese shoes: Unacceptable levels of plasticizer
Random testing of plastic shoes by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) and Consumers Foundation found an above-standard amount of plasticizers in almost 40% of the shoes tested. Plasticizers are used to soften plastic and provide flexibility but can prove harmful to developing children. Plasticizers can disrupt normal hormonal development, causing feminization among boys and raising cancer risks for girls. Many of the slippers and sandals tested contained over well over the safety level of 0.1 percent of total plasticizers content. Manufacturers involved have been ordered to recall their products or risk a hefty fine. Ninety (90) percent of the shoes in adequately labeled for safety. The Foundation and the BSMI together urged parents not to allow their children to put plastic shoes into their mouths. Those who wear the footwear were also advised to wear socks and wash their hands after wearing them as plasticizers can enter one's body through the skin.