Scientists in New Zealand have found formaldehyde, which is used to give clothing a permanent press and to prevent mildew, at levels of up to 500 times greater than that considered safe for humans in woolen and cotton clothing made in China.
Research by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that exposure to concentrations of formaldehyde of 20 parts per million (ppm) can cause eye, skin and nasal irritation, respiratory problems, asthma, and cancer. Consumers normally are advised to wash and air clothing before wearing it for the first time.
That’s just a little scary, isn’t it? Would washing the clothes first get rid of the formaldehyde? I normally do that, but there have been times when I haven’t…
Sheesh, you can’t eat the food exports and now you can’t wear the clothes. Time to start paying out the nose for everything :>