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Excess levels of radiation found in 3 negative-ion products

2019/05/15 20:33:53

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) Three negative-ion products sold by retailers in Taiwan have been found to emit radiation higher than the permissible level of 1 millisievert (mSv) and ordered removed from shelves, the Executive Yuan's Department of Consumer Protection said Wednesday.

The three items -- a face mask, comforter and blanket -- were among 25 samples of anion products randomly tested by the Atomic Energy Council (AEC), including 15 samples taken by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) and 10 by the Food and Drug Administration.

The highest radiation level of 7.05 mSv was measured from a negative-ion comforter, while 4.70 mSv was detected from a double-face energy blanket and 1.884 mSv from a Beauty Player All-In-One thermal mask, according to the results of the tests.

As excessive exposure to ionizing radiation can cause cancer in humans, the department ordered the three products removed from stores, in accordance with the law.

Producers of the products will be given a set period to make improvements or face a fine ranging from NT$60,000 (US$1,927) to NT$1.5 million.

Retailers that continue to sell the products are subject to the same fine and further fines will be imposed on repeat offenders, senior consumer ombudsman Wang Te-ming (王德明) said.

The source of radioactivity is the mineral powder used to make the products and so the department will ask the AEC to improve its management of the raw materials from which negative-ion powder products are manufactured, in order to ensure consumers' rights are fully protected, according to Wang.

(By Yang Su-min and Evelyn Kao)