Officials increase inspections for carcinogenic textiles

Published 03.06.2016 00:14

Turkey's Economy and Customs and Trade ministries increased the number of inspections of textile products due to carcinogenic elements found in imported supplies.

In the last five years, the officials have seized a total of 141,000 products that might trigger cancer. According to the figures released by Istanbul Ready-to-Wear and Confection Exporter Association (İHKİB), 14 billion imported textile, ready-to-wear, shoe and leathercraft products underwent carcinogen inspection in 2015 with 49 percent of the products seized by the officials due to containing carcinogenic substances having been imported from Chinese companies.

A total of 2,608,145 products failed to pass the inspections in 2015 and the companies responsible for the products were imposed fines. However, consumer confidence rates have increased since 2011. While 38.6 percent of the consumers did not trust imported products in 2011, this has decreased to 2.9 percent in 2015.

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