May 26, 2024

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Child Products from Aliexpess and Temu Contain Carcinogens 3026x Over Limit

Child Products from Aliexpess and Temu Contain Carcinogens 3026x Over Limit



Child Products from Aliexpess and Temu Contain Carcinogens 3026x Over Limit

“Child-friendly products from 38 items sold on Chinese AliExpress and Temu are found to contain carcinogens 3,026 times the standard value.

Carcinogenic substances such as cadmium have been detected in 38 ultra-low-priced children’s products sold on Chinese e-commerce platforms such as AliExpress and Temu.

The Korean Customs Service conducted an ingredient analysis of 252 children’s products sold on AliExpress, Temu, and other platforms ahead of May, which is considered the “month of family” in Korea. As a result, harmful substances were detected in 38 items, accounting for 15% of the total, revealed on April 30.

 

Child Products from Aliexpess and Temu Contain Carcinogens 3026x Over Limit

 

 

These products, with an average price of just 3,468 won (about 400 yen), can be purchased as individual imports without meeting the formal import requirements.

In particular, up to 82 times the standard value of phthalate ester plasticizers was detected in 27 of the 38 items. Phthalate ester plasticizers are endocrine-disrupting substances that can cause endocrine disorders with long-term contact, and their use in children’s products is prohibited as environmental hormone substances.

Cadmium, a Group 1 carcinogen, was detected in 6 items, with levels reaching up to 3,026 times the standard value.

Lead was detected in 5 items, with levels reaching up to 270 times the standard value.

When classified broadly, phthalate ester plasticizers were mainly detected in shoes, school supplies, and toys, while lead and cadmium were mainly detected in accessories such as rings and bracelets.

The Customs Service revealed that there is a significant difference in the safety of products sold on overseas online shopping sites compared to products that have undergone formal import procedures.

Last year, an analysis of 75 children’s products officially imported by importers who met safety standards and other import requirements revealed that only one item exceeded the standard for harmful substances.

The Customs Service has indicated its intention to strengthen customs management to prevent the entry of products containing harmful substances into Korea and to continue conducting ingredient analyses to protect safety.

Information on the 38 items found to contain harmful substances can be found on the related website “Nurichip” of the Korean Customs Service.”

Child Products from Aliexpess and Temu Contain Carcinogens 3026x Over Limit

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