9 Jul 2014

Avoid toxic furniture; Buy Australian

The dangers of buying imported furniture will be highlighted at the high profile Australian Furniture Association Conference in Melbourne tomorrow.

International expert in product safety, Stephan Pesch will outline the dangers that Australian families are facing from imported furniture that is commonly found in Australian homes.
Tests have revealed that the same harmful AZO dyes that sparked nationwide recalls from major Australian retailers, may be commonly found in imported household furniture items. Australian-made furniture, which is subject to some of the world’s most stringent safeguards, does not pose any risk to consumers.

Stephan Pesch heads the furniture division of TUV Rheinland China. TUV Rheinland are highly regarded experts in safety and security, with international experience in testing materials, products, plants and machinery.
Mr. Pesch says that in addition to the AZO dyes, carcinogenic flame-retardants and formaldehyde are commonly used in imported furniture. Buying these products is putting Australian families’ health at risk.

Stephan Pesch, will take to the stage at The AFA National Furniture Industry Conference at the Royal Exhibition Building tomorrow, 10 July, at 1.45p.m.  Mr. Pesch’s will detail the dangers associated with these chemicals and will take questions from the audience.

Formaldehyde exposure
Cheap Chinese furniture 'may poison you'
CHEAP imported furniture and shelving containing high levels of toxic chemicals may be endangering the health of Australian workers and families.
Tests by Australian furniture manufacturers have shown flat pack furniture and shelving imported from China may be emitting very high levels of formaldehyde, known to cause cancer.

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