ASOS has withdrawn a line of metal studded belts from its website, after they were found to be radioactive. According to an inside audit done by the retailer, the leather peplum belt could cause injury if worn for more than 500 hours. The discovery was made by US border control, when the items were tested positive for radioactive isotope Cobalt-60. Although the belt has already been recalled, 49 customers have bought the product in 14 different countries, completely unaware of the radioactivity. Although the news comes as surprise, apparently this isn’t a rarity.
“Unfortunately, this incident is quite a common occurrence,” read the revealing report, named Project Purple Flower. “India and the Far East are large consumers of scrap metal for their home and foreign markets. During the refining process of these metals, orphaned radioactive sources are sometimes accidentally melted at the same time. This in turn [contaminates the process] and traps the radioactivity in the metal as an alloy or in suspension.”
ASOS stresses their high quality standards and how the supplier didn’t meet them.
“A product supplied to ASOS did not meet UK health and safety standards,” an ASOS spokesperson told The Guardian. “ASOS worked with all relevant authorities and undertook a precautionary product recall, in line with our high standards of quality and customer care. No other ASOS product lines are affected. ASOS continues to work with the relevant regulatory authorities and is in dialogue with the supplier and the factory workers involved to ensure a satisfactory outcome.”
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