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Swimming suits and other exports must be highly concerned with perfluorinated compounds

Aug 17, 2017

Perfluorinated compounds or will become a swimsuit, outdoor clothing textile export "invisible killer", highlights the growing risks, inspection and quarantine departments to remind the majority of enterprises, for the export "stumbling block" never let down.

Greenpeace Germany recently issued a warning that chemical substances harmful to health and environment of perfluorinated compounds detected from sales on the market more than half of the swimsuit (PFCs), of which there are many well-known international brands, including Adidas, Puma and Nike (the main origin of China and Vietnam). In addition, more than 5 samples were found in alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEO). The organization says there is a lack of labeling for PFCs, which prevents consumers from knowing whether the products they buy contain such substances.

Perfluorinated compounds are a kind of fluorine containing chemical compounds with special characteristics, which can prevent oil, prevent pollution and waterproof. It is also a kind of organic chemical pollutant which is difficult to degrade. These organic fluorine compounds are widely used in outdoor clothing, tents, sleeping bags, shoes, carpets, furniture and other textile products. The most widely used chemicals are PFOA and PFOS and (PFOS). Perfluorinated compounds have been shown to interfere with human endocrine and cause thyroid diseases, and are commonly considered persistent organic pollutants and persistent cumulative toxicants. In early 2006, the European Union had been introduced on the market of manufactured goods of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) the provisions of the content can not exceed 0.005% of the mass, shortly before the introduction of Norway Perfluorocaprylate ordering provides perfluorooctanoic acid content in textiles shall not exceed 1 micrograms / m2.

As an export pillar industry, Ningbo textile and garment exports under the shadow of the international market downturn, continue to contrarian, leading the country. Statistics show that the first three quarters of this year, the city's total exports of textiles, clothing and clothing accessories, a total of $9 billion 470 million, an increase of 7.2%, of which nearly 30% of exports to the EU the largest market, the output amount of $2 billion 480 million, an increase of 7.6%, swimwear products occupy a certain proportion.

Perfluorinated compounds or will become a swimsuit, outdoor clothing textile export "invisible killer", highlights the growing risks, inspection and quarantine departments to remind the majority of enterprises, for the export "stumbling block": on the one hand, do not let down should pay special attention to the selection of raw materials, strict checks on the quality of upstream raw materials, strengthening products the quality and safety risk assessment; on the other hand, in research and development, production of alternative products in the field of research efforts to increase cooperation, actively adjust to actively adapt to market changes in the product design, quality risk alert by this brought.