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Uniforms of 30 schools analyzed

THIRTY local schools had sent 79 batches of student uniforms suspected of having toxic dyes to authorities for tests by yesterday, the city's quality watchdog said.

The student uniforms are being checked at the Shanghai Institute of Fiber Inspection to determine whether they contain carcinogenic aromatic amine dyes. The results will be issued within days, the institute said.

The disciplinary inspection department of Pudong Education Bureau started to investigate the purchase and sales of the uniforms yesterday, after cancer-causing dyes were earlier found in uniforms bought by some local schools. Should any education officials or school faculties be found to have violated regulations, they would be severely punished, it said.

Most of the problematic uniforms carried the "Ouxia" brand, the supplier found to have used banned cancer-causing dyes. All uniforms being checked had been worn.

A few schools sent uniforms of other brands for tests to ensure their safety.

The city's quality watchdog found and sealed all 371 rolls of cloth in 20 batches of Ouxia's stock.

Meanwhile, the clothing materials that contain carcinogenic aromatic amine dyes were found to be from the Oulin Textile Co Ltd in Shaoxing in neighboring Zhejiang Province. Shanghai's quality watchdog yesterday contacted its counterpart in Zhejiang Province requesting that they conduct a collaborative investigation.

Initially, 21 schools were confirmed to have purchased uniforms with cancer-causing dyes, though parents with children in other schools also said they had Ouxia uniforms. Now not only the 21 schools, but also many other schools have asked students not to wear the uniforms.

The investigation into Ouxia has revealed loopholes in supervision and a lack of clear job responsibilities and coordination between different government departments, city officials said.


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