Jiji Press English News Service
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 present.
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
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