|Natural fur trims attached to some winter hooded jumpers for kids found to contain harmful substances|
Natural fur trims attached to some winter hooded jumpers for kids found to contain harmful substances
- 6 out of 13 products were proven to be inappropriate for the safety standard -
With the increasing demand for winter jumpers for kids due to the severe cold winter weather in recent years, many natural (raccoon, fox, etc.) fur hooded jumpers are being hold.
As a result of the safety testing for 13 products* (winter jumpers for kids) distributed and sold in the domestic market, conducted by the Korea Consumer Agency
(President Lee Hee-sook), some of the tested products were found to contain harmful substances exceeding the level permitted in the safety standard in their natural fur trims, prompting consumers to pay extra caution.
Natural fur trim on a winter jumper hood
* 13 natural fur-trim hooded winter jumpers for kids which were newly introduced in 2019
□ Formaldehyde exceeding the permissible limit in the safety standard was detected in the natural fur trims attached to the hoods of 6 products.
In accordance with the Special Act on the Safety of Products for Children, winter jumpers for kids are classified as ‘textile goods for kids,’ and the natural fur trims
attached to the jumper hoods are required to comply with the safety standard for ‘leather goods for children.’
However, as a result of the harmful substances testing, 6 (46.2%) out of the 13 tested products were found to be inappropriate because the formaldehyde levels in the fur trim attached to the product
hoods exceeded a maximum of 5.14 times (from a minimum of 91.6mg/kg to a maximum of 385.6mg/kg) the level allowed in the safety standard (less than 75mg/kg) for ‘leather goods for children.’
By product, ‘Kids Short Mt. Cook Down’ of F&F contained the highest level of formaldehyde at 385.6mg/kg, followed by ‘My Warm Up Down’ of Seoyang Networks at 269.3mg/kg, ‘Milano Long Down Jumper’ of Benetton Korea at 191.4mg/kg, ‘Cronus Down Jacket’ of Nepa at 186.1mg/kg, ‘Lux Polaris Long Down Jumper’ of Shinsung Tongsang at 183.3mg/kg, and ‘Grey Duck Down Jumper’ of Commencer at 91.6mg/kg.
□ Corrective actions for winter jumpers for kids which were found to be inappropriate
The KCA recommended the businesses selling products in which formaldehyde was detected to take voluntary corrective actions, including recalls and sales suspension, and the businesses in question accepted the recommendations made by KCA and decided to promptly recall their problematic products and make improvements to their products.
In addition, the KCA will ask the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) to strengthen their supervisory oversight of winter jumpers for kids.
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