By SAYS.COM, 18 April 2018
(Photo:) File pix) A consumer watchdog in China conducted an investigation recently and found that phone cases from several popular manufacturers contain harmful substances. China Daily/Asia News Network/SAYS.COM Photo
According to media reports, the Shenzhen Institute of Consumption Quality (SICQ), led by the Shenzhen Consumer Council, conducted tests on 30 popular phone cases from 28 different brands using European safety standards as the benchmark.
The Shenzhen Consumer Council held a press conference last week to reveal the findings of their investigation to the public.
Out of the 30 phone cases that were tested, seven phone covers from five brands – Apple, Xiaomi, Yuening, Tiya, and Q-Guo – failed to meet the safety standards determined by European regulators.
The phone cases were found to contain toxic substances that exceeded the standard limit.
CGTN (China Global Television Network) cited an official from the council who revealed that the iPhone case tested contained polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) 47 times higher than the normal level permitted.
PAH, a substance that has been linked to skin, lung, bladder, liver, and stomach cancers, is a class of chemicals in which people are usually exposed to when breathing air contaminated with motor vehicle exhaust and cigarette smoke.
On the other hand, the Xiaomi case tested contained excessive plasticizers, which could lead to reproductive defects and decreased fertility.
Both the Apple and Xiaomi cases were purchased online from their official websites.
Meanwhile, it was learned the Yuening's phone case contains lead that is 1,550 times greater than the limit.
According to the Shenzhen Consumer Council, about 75 per cent of the 1.42 billion Chinese mobile phone users use cases.
It is learnt that nearly 70 per cent of mobile phone covers across China are produced in Shenzhen.
The council reportedly said that most consumers choose to buy mobile phone cases online, with nearly 90 per cent of them buying cases that are priced below 50 yuan (about RM31).
Abacus, a unit of SCMP, reported that the iPhone case in question is still being sold in Apple's online stores in Asia.
At the time of writing, Apple has yet to respond to media enquiries sent by SCMP and Abacus. – SAYS.COM
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