Like the recalled toys that have caused a recent scare, many of the clothes infants and children wear are also made in China. A new report out of New Zealand says that “scientists found formaldehyde in woollen and cotton clothes at 500 times higher than is safe.” Most of those toxic clothes were made in China.
Formaldehyde, which is often used in clothing to give it a permanent press appearance, may be used at dangerous levels in pajamas, shirts and other clothing articles. The chemical has been known to cause eye and skin problems, asthma and even cancer.
More defective products from China are raising concern among consumers, especially parents. Many people are saying that this should encourage Americans to purchase products made in their own country. Others say that American companies that sell foreign products should hold them up to higher standards and safety testing before putting them in their stores.
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