Taipei, Lin Shu-fen (林淑芬), a lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), on Tuesday expressed concern over plasticizer content in plastic floor mats and urged the government to make inspections of such product mandatory.
At a news conference, Lin recalled that she received complaints from consumers who said they suspected plastic floor mats made in South Korea contained excess plasticizer as they have a strong smell of plastic.
Following such complaints, Lin asked the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspections (BOSMI) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in August to inspect floor mats sold in Taiwan, several of which were found to contain excessive amounts of plasticizer.
Currently, Taiwan has plasticizer standards for floor mats, but no inspections are required to be conducted to ensure public safety, Lin said.
Moreover, plastic floor mats are not even covered by the Commodity Labeling Act, which demands commodities label the material they contain as a safety precaution, Lin said.
“It is not unusual for us to see little babies crawling on plastic floor mats,” she added. “I have concerns that if they touch such hazardous floor mats over a long period, it could be harmful to them.”
“However, in Taiwan, authorities have not imposed any mandatory inspection on particular products yet,” Lin said.
Lin called for the BOSMI to conduct regular inspections on plastic floor mats sold in the country.
In addition, she asked the MOEA’s Department of Commerce to change the way the government labels plastic floor mats so consumers can have a better understanding of the chemicals contained in different products.
In response, Lai Chun-chieh (賴俊杰), chief of the inspection section of BOSMI, said although inspections of plastic floor mats are currently not mandatory, the Consumer Protection Law stipulates that vendors who design and manufacture such items must “ensure their products comply with contemporary technical and professional standards with reasonably expected safety requirements.”
In other words, Lai said, all products sold need to meet legal standards.
According to the Consumer Protection Act, any vendor that fails to observe such requirements will be held accountable.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel