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Uniforms from China have Cancer-Causing Substance, SON warns.

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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has warned schools that imports their school uniform materials into Nigeria that some cancer-causing substances have been found in some school uniform materials made by two China based companies.


This is in accordance with the statement issued by the Director-General of SON, Mr Osita Aboloma on Friday, 31st August at Abuja.

The companies producing these killer uniforms materials are Sing Shun Fat School-Clothier Company and Zenith Uniform Company.

Aboloma said the azo dyes found in the uniform of these Hong Kong companies contained up to 173 milligrams and 41 milligrams per kilogram of the tested samples respectively.

He added that the amounts of the dye contained in the materials were well above the maximum allowed in the standard.

Use of the 4-amino azo dyes have been banned in Europe, Japan and other parts of the world prior to the finding.

Azo dyes could release carcinogenic substances known as aromatic amines when they mix with sweat, which accounted for the ban on the use of the dye in many countries of the world.

The DG hereby adviced importers of school uniform materials in Nigeria to endeavour undergoing the process of conformity assessment of such materials prior to import, through the SON off-shore Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP), to avoid bringing them to the country.

He further advised Nigerians to report any suspected uniform materials that may already be in the country to SON for necessary sampling, laboratory tests and analysis to be carried out at its Textile and Leather Laboratory in Kaduna for necessary regulatory action.

Aboloma added that all International Accredited Firms (IAFs) undertaking the off-shore Conformity Assessment Programme on behalf of SON all over the world have been put on alert regarding the cancer-causing substance in school uniform materials and other clothing materials to be imported into Nigeria.

Its enough fighting cancer for adults but that of children must be taken much more serious.

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