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New Zealand investigates formaldehyde content in Chinese clothing imports

August 20, 2007

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand’s government is investigating clothing imports from China after some were found to contain dangerously high levels of the chemical formaldehyde, officials said Monday.

The probe was ordered after scientists testing clothes for TV3’s “Target” consumer watchdog program discovered formaldehyde concentrations up to 900 times above the safe level in woolen and cotton clothes from China.

Formaldehyde _ a preservative that is used to give a permanent press effect to clothes and also as an embalming fluid _ can cause problems ranging from skin rashes to cancer.

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