School Uniforms Found with Toxic Dye in China

Posted: 02/18/2013  browse the blog archive

UPI reports that a potentially cancer-causing dye was found in student uniforms for 21 schools in Shanghai, China.  The students, for the time being, may attend school in their regular clothes, while officials investigate the uniforms manufactured by the Shanghai Ouxia garment company.  A batch of the uniforms contains aromatic amine dyes, which are banned in China.

Many aromatic amines are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and appear on the Proposition 65 List of Chemicals.  Under Proposition 65, formally known as “The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986,” no business may knowingly expose individuals in California to chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm without first providing a health hazard warning.

The Chanler Group represents citizen enforcers who, acting in the public interest,  enforce each citizen’s right to know when they are exposed to toxic chemicals found in consumer products sold in California and who hold companies accountable for unwarned exposures through imposition of civil penalties and injunctive relief, often requiring the removal of the offensive chemicals. Clients of The Chanler Group have issued dozens of Proposition 65 notices to manufacturers and retailers regarding the presence of toxic chemicals in their products that are sold in California without a warning.