Samsonite says: We're safe!
Published: Jun 20, 2012
Hong Kong - Following health reports made by a Hong Kong consumer group, luggage maker Samsonite International has claimed its products are not harmful to consumers.
Samsonite had earlier recalled its Tokyo Chic suitcases from its Hong Kong stores, after claims were made that its luggages contained a level of cancer-causing chemicals which is high above the global safe level, as determined by Germany.
According to the Hong Kong Consumer Council, the suitcases were said to contain carcinogens called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, at 1,800 times the safe amount in its side handles, Wall Street Journal reported.
The local council also alleged that two other Samsonite products contained high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
Samsonite, however, has since claimed in its statement that test results from independent laboratories in Germany and Hong Kong found the carcinogenic levels were "significantly lower" than what was initially reported and posed no threat to consumers.
Yet, the company will look to replace its handles, saying product safety is of "primary importance".
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