Products worth of 14 billion dollars in the group of textile, ready-made garment, shoe and leather craft products were put under a carcinogenic test in the year 2015. In the inspections, China, having taken the first place among the countries that import “dirty” products, was followed by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
As it is in the whole world, the products that contain carcinogenic or unsafe materials threaten the human health at high levels in Turkey. During the inspections held in the past 5 years, while 141 thousand products including the baby products, toys, stationary, and ready-made garments were confiscated due to various reasons, a significant amount of them were destroyed. The importing companies were fined with a total of 4 million 757 thousand TL.
In the 9th International Textile Symposium held by the Center of Textile and Ecologic Test Research Development Center (EKOTEKS), the officials from the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Customs and Trade announced the results of the survey based on different criteria concerning the unsafe products that threaten the health.
İHKİB President Tanrıverdi: “Imported products worth of 14 billion dollars underwent cancer test in 2015”
Having spoken at the opening of symposium, Istanbul Ready-Made Clothing and Garment Exporters Union (İHKİB) Chairman Hikmet Tanrıverdi stated that products worth of 14 billion dollars within the product groups of textile, ready-made garment, shoe and leather craft went under inspection only in the year 2015.
Underlining that uncontrolled and uninspected production increase the likelihood of the diseases with cancer as the most prominent that threaten the human health, Tanrıverdi stated that an approach focused on price and high profit disregards the public health completely. Tanrıverdi emphasized that through the inspections conducted by the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Customs and Trade, they undertake the duty of shield against the products that contain carcinogenic materials or considered unsafe.
Meral Karaaslan: “76 thousand products out of 2,6 million were found unsafe in the year 2015”
Head of the Ministry of Customs and Trade Consumer Protection and Market Surveillance Department Meral Karaaslan gave information regarding the results of the inspection run by the ministry.
Karaaslan stated that 76 thousand 479 products out of 2 million 608 thousand 145 products in total that underwent inspection were found to be unsafe in the year 2015, and the companies responsible of these products in question were fined with 1 million 869 thousand 619 liras. Explaining that the unreliability of the toys that were inspected previous year was 7,5%, Karaaslan also stated that this rate was around 3,3% in stationary and 5,9% in textile.
Alper Sadık Tokgözlü: We inspected products worth of 14 billion dollars
Head of the Ministry of Economics General Directorate of Export Department of Monitoring and Evaluation of the Export Policies Alper Sadık Tokgözlü also gave information during his speech about the results of the inspection conducted within the framework of Inspection Based on Risk. Explaining that they inspected imported products worth of 14 billion dollars last year, Tokgözlü informed that 14 thousand 875 products out of 1 million 156 thousand 179 declared products were subjected to analysis. Tokgözlü stated that 133 of the specimens in question came out to be “dirty”.
Prof. Dr. Rasim Meral: Clothes sold for 3-5 TL carry cancer risk
Prof. Dr. Rasim Meral from Istanbul University Institute of Oncology stated that especially low-income families preferred the clothes sold for 3 – 5 TL in bazaars for being cheap but these products carry cancer risk. Explaining that products that do not comply with the standards cause many health problems including skin and bladder cancer, Meral added:
“The biggest known cancer threat in textile dyes is the azo-dyes. Mostly the companies in countries of Far East and South-east Asia origin such as China and India prefer azo-dye colorants due to being cheap and proving very vibrant colors at the same time. Many countries including Turkey prohibited the use and import of the azo-dyes. We observe a decline in the cancer cases based on the tobacco products as a result of the fight started in our country against cigarettes. As with the cigarettes, I believe that we will achieve a decrease in cancer cases if the use of carcinogenic dyes is prohibited.”
Stating that Turkey has met all the EU criteria in the production of textile and ready-made garment, EKOTEKS Chairman of the Executive Board Nilgün Özdemir said: “We can meet with problems in imported products. Therefore, our consumers must pay attention to the country where the products they purchased are made”.