If you import school uniforms from China, you should be on your guard.

It doesn’t get hard, one starts facing multiple manslaughter charges for what one knows nothing about.

So, Nigeria product standardisation agency, the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON has issued a stern warning to importers of school uniform materials into Nigeria.

The warning is concerning a certain cancer-causing substance found in some school uniform materials made by two Chinese companies.

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A statement issued by the Director-General of SON, Mr Osita Aboloma on Friday, August 31st in Abuja, named the companies producing the materials as Sing Shun Fat School-Clothier Company and Zenith Uniform Company.

Aboloma said that the azo dyes found in some school uniforms in Hong Kong contained up to 173 milligrams and 41 milligrams per kilogram of the tested samples respectively.

He added that the amounts of the dye contained in the materials were well above the maximum allowed in the standard.

“Use of the 4-amino azo dyes have been banned in Europe, Japan and other parts of the world prior to the finding.

“Azo dyes could release carcinogenic substances known as aromatic amines when they mix with sweat, which accounted for the ban on the use of the dye in many countries of the world.”

The D-G advised importers of school uniform materials in Nigeria to endeavour to undergo the process of conformity assessment of such materials prior to import, through the SON off-shore Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP), to avoid bringing them to the country.

He further advised Nigerians to report any suspected uniform materials that may already be in the country to SON for necessary sampling, laboratory tests and analysis to be carried out at its Textile and Leather Laboratory in Kaduna for necessary regulatory action.

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