Let’s Talk About Your Safety – ‘Azo’ Dyes

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“AZO Dye Recall Hit Major Aussie Retailers”
“Recall of Thousands Of Textiles After Testing Of AZO Dyes”
“AZO Dyes Linked To Carcinogen Causing Cancer”

What are AZO Dyes?

According to the ACCC Product Safety Information: “Azo dyes are a large class of very effective synthetic dyes used for colouring a variety of consumer goods such as foods, cosmetics, carpets, clothes, leather and textiles.

A small proportion of azo dyes contain, or can break down to form, a class of chemical substances referred to as aromatic amines.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have classified some of these aromatic amines as known, or suspected, human carcinogens. A carcinogen is a substance that is capable of causing cancer.”

What are the hazards?

Benzidine and other aromatic amines may be absorbed through the skin from dyed clothing and articles where there is direct and prolonged contact.  The amount of aromatic amines released from dyed articles can increase with body heat, sweat or saliva.

Some recent ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) testing on common textiles prompted the recall of over 207,000 products that were found to contain unacceptable concentrations of certain ‘AZO’ dyes.

The ACCC takes the view that the total maximum level of hazardous aromatic amines in articles in direct and prolonged contact with the skin should be 30 mg/kg (which is 30 parts per million). Some expert authorities recommend ZERO Exposure to certain ‘AZO’ dyes and have advised consumers should stop using textiles containing ‘AZO’ dyes immediately.

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 10.49.29 AMKeep your family safe.

Ask if products contain AZO dyes or check the register for recalled products.

* Beach Abode Living products are ‘AZO’ FREE !!

We continually engage independent inspection agencies to inspect and test our products to ensure they do not contain harmful substances including ‘AZO’ dyes. Our testing has recorded NIL harmful chemicals.

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References:
http://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-testing-prompts-clothing-recalls
https://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1006626
http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/952401

Nicki Richards

Nicki Richards

Director & Co-Founder at Beach Abode Living
Nicki is a self confessed cushion lover, director and co-founder of Beach Abode Living, an Australian owned and operated company, based on the Gold Coast. Specialising in outdoor cushions inspired by the beach and coastal living, the focus is principally on designing and creating unique, functional and affordable products that allow everyone to enjoy and appreciate the great Australian lifestyle. Style is as important with homewares as it is in fashion, so being 'on trend' requires continual development of ideas and designs, through travel, experimentation and collaboration. Favourite Quote: "You can never over-cushion!"
Nicki Richards
Nicki Richards

About Nicki Richards

Nicki is a self confessed cushion lover, director and co-founder of Beach Abode Living, an Australian owned and operated company, based on the Gold Coast. Specialising in outdoor cushions inspired by the beach and coastal living, the focus is principally on designing and creating unique, functional and affordable products that allow everyone to enjoy and appreciate the great Australian lifestyle. Style is as important with homewares as it is in fashion, so being 'on trend' requires continual development of ideas and designs, through travel, experimentation and collaboration. Favourite Quote: "You can never over-cushion!"

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