Cancer scare in Shanghai schools over toxic uniforms

Feb 18 2013, 13:54 IST
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Students in 21 schools were today ordered to stop wearing their school uniforms. (Reuters) Students in 21 schools were today ordered to stop wearing their school uniforms. (Reuters)
SummaryStudents in 21 schools were today ordered to stop wearing their school uniforms.

Students in 21 primary and middle schools in China's eastern Shanghai were today ordered to stop wearing their school uniforms after a cancer causing toxic dye was found in the products of a local garment firm.

The uniforms, produced by Ouxia Clothing Co Ltd in Pudong, were found to contain banned dyes which could cause cancer in a recent quality inspection campaign, the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said.

A probe is underway and the uniforms have been seized.

Six batches of the company's clothes products were substandard, the city's quality watchdog said.

The company has been one of a number of producers of school uniforms in Shanghai for five years.

Education authorities in the Pudong New Area of Shanghai said in a statement they have asked 21 schools who had purchased uniforms from Ouxia to tell students to stop wearing the clothes, which require quality examinations, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.

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