- Across the country, worried parents are checking their
kids' clothes to see if they are made in China, and potentially contain
a dangerous chemical.
- It is skin reactions to Chinese-made clothes that have
worried parents across the country.
- Maddy Line had bought her son Milo a new set of clothes.
How could she possibly know the 100 per cent cotton clothes allegedly contained
- Milo broke out in a shocking rash all over his body within
20 minutes of putting on new clothes.
- His mother believes contains the chemical formaldehyde.
- "He put the clothes on and by the time I got home
the middle of his face had swollen up," Milo's mother Maddy said.
- "The bridge of his nose, his top lip was so swollen
it was touching his nose and his chin but not his throat," she said.
- Sally has been constantly rubbing moisturising cream
into her baby's body since it broke into an itchy scaly rash. She worries
it could be formaldehyde from her kids clothes.
- "Because such a large amount of clothing in our
household is made in China - it does make me concerned because it's just
the unknown isn't it," she said.
- It was Today Tonight's expose that lifted the lid on
formaldehyde in clothes imported from China.
- The same chemical has already been found in food and
Chinese made blankets have been pulled off our shelves.
- New Zealand's Target program tested common items of clothing
made in China but New Zealand, like Australia, has no safe levels for formaldehyde,
a known cancer cause.
- At just 20 parts per million, the chemical can induce
rashes, headaches, dizziness, joint pain, fatigue, asthma and in the extreme
case - cancer.
- Remember 20 parts per million is considered high, but
the test results from New Zealand were incredible.
- Women's corduroys: 290 parts per million.
- A spiderman T-shirt: 1,400 parts per million.
- Pyjamas: 3,400.
- Kids pants: 16,000 parts per million.
- White stain resistant pants: 18,000 parts per million.
- That's nearly 900 times a reasonable safe level.
- Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister, Peter McGauran,
ordered authorities to find out what's going on.
- "(It's) totally unacceptable. Australian authorities
have been caught unprepared," he said.
- Until the ACCC tests are finished, it will adopt the
European safe levels for formaldehyde.
- For many parents, that's simply not enough and clothes
will go in the bin until they get the all clear.