The Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX)

Alert number: 1664/10

Product:  Women’s blouse - Diffusion


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Type of alert: Serious

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Brand: L & S

Type / number of model:  Article 90082

Risk type: Chemical
The product poses a chemical risk because it contains Hexavalent Chromium, in concentrations varying from 1.6 to 14.1 mg/kg. Given that Oeko Tex Standard 100 states that, to ensure optimum quality, total chromium content should be less than 1 mg/kg for children’s clothing and less than 2 mg/kg for all other clothing, regardless of whether it is in contact with the skin, and that Chromium VI should actually be below the detection threshold, we feel a limit of 5 mg/kg of Chromium VI is a practical threshold beyond which there is a serious risk of allergic contact dermatitis. In support of this, there are clinical studies which indicate that, for leather goods, 50% of sensitive subjects experienced contact dermatitis at this level. By analogy, and given that these articles will be in direct contact with the skin for possibly an entire working day, we believe that they pose a serious risk of allergy to consumers.

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Seizure of the products ordered by the authorities.

Description:  Navy blue women’s blouse. The white label sewn to the inside of the shirt collar bears the brand. The cardboard swing ticket is white with orange circles and bears the brand of the article and the word “Diffusion”, also in orange.

Country of origin: Unknown

Alert submitted by: Italy