[The Hwankyung Ilbo] The Ministry of Environment conducted a survey of 1,037 products from September to December 2017 to investigate compliance with the safety and labeling standards under the Act on Registration, Evaluation, etc. of Chemicals and found out that 72 products from 45 companies violated the safety and labeling standards.
The Ministry of Environment has issued measures, including prohibition of sale, withdrawal, and improvement order through the local environment authorities that have control over the location of the manufacturer and importer of the products.
53 products from 34 companies have been prohibited to sell and collected in violation of the safety standards. Of these, 10 products of 12 companies have been found to contain toxic chemicals such as, polyhexamethylene guanidine (PHMG) and methyl isothiazolinone (MIT), which are banned to be contained in products.
25 products from 11 companies have been found to exceed the safety standards set for each substance, and 16 products from 13 companies were found not to have self-tests that must be conducted before the launch of goods.
19 products of 12 companies that have omitted consumer safety information labels, such as self-inspection number, ingredient labeling, and user’s safety cautions, have been ordered to improve.
Companies that have been ordered to prohibit the selling and to withdrawal the products must exchange or refund the products already sold to consumers according to Article 37 of the Act on Registration, Evaluation, etc. of Chemicals.
In addition, companies that have received improvement orders should implement measures such as package replacement.
The Ministry of Environment plans to concentrate on conducting continuous safety investigation and market surveillance and to strengthen safety standards in order to eliminate public anxiety caused by household chemical products.
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