Eczema outbreak may be due to Chinese chairs

17th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

An outbreak of eczema in France may have been brought on by Chinese-made armchairs and sofas stuffed with excessive anti-mould substance.

17 September 2008

PARIS -- A French retailer said it has withdrawn a range of Chinese-made armchairs and sofas from sale Wednesday after hundreds of buyers complained of developing a painful eczema rash.

Retail giant Conforama withdrew the chairs, on sale since 2005, in July after a doctor warned they could be linked to an outbreak of eczema in one of his patients, spokeswoman Isabelle Hoppenot said.

She said some of the chairs, made by the Chinese company Link Wise, contained too much of an anti-mould substance, and "can cause allergic reactions in some people".

French newspaper Le Parisien said a dozen people had been hospitalised in a serious condition after buying the chairs.

Conforama has received letters of complaint from some 400 customers seeking damages, and some 800 buyers have received an exchange or refund, the spokeswoman said.

According to Conforama, the Chinese manufacturer placed several anti-mould packs inside the chairs to protect them from damage during the monsoon.

The retailer has written to the 38,000 people who purchased chairs between 2006 and 2008 alerting them to the risk of allergy, but has not recalled the items.

text: AFP / Expatica
photo credit: Care_SMC

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