Tokyo, March 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade
and Industry on Friday asked the domestic textile industry not to
use 179 sorts of azo dyes that may cause cancer.
According to the ministry, there is only a small possibility that
the dyes are used in textile products distributed in Japan at
The ministry's move follows the European Union's standards.
If people wear clothes that use the dyes, bacteria on the surface
of their skin may transform the dyes into carcinogenic substances to
be absorbed into human body, according to the ministry.
But there have been no reports so far that wearing such clothes
actually caused cancer, the ministry said.
Japanese textile importers and Chinese dye industry groups will
cooperate in ensuring that the dyes are not used at Chinese
factories that ship products to Japan, ministry officials said.END