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#1 Amberlily

Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:44 AM

Something to be aware of if you've recently bought kids jeans from Rivers, Just Jeans, or Pillow Talk...



"AUSTRALIAN children are wearing clothing coloured with cancer-causing dyes.
In the past month, clothing chains Rivers Australia and Just Jeans, and bedding ­retailer Pillow Talk recalled items, including children’s jeans, coloured with “azo dyes” known to break down into carcinogenic chemicals.
Despite Australian officials recognising the risks, importers are able to import such clothing. Not all azo dyes are a problem but many are known to create a risk after prolonged direct contact. Europe has banned such imports and the US has restrictions in place, prompting fears Australia could become a dumping ground for hazardous clothing.

#2 hills mum bec

Posted 24 March 2014 - 09:06 AM

So have the garments been recalled?  Both my DD's have a few pairs of rivers jeans so I'm a bit worried.

#3 hills mum bec

Posted 24 March 2014 - 09:09 AM

Okay just found this:

Not any of the items that we have.

#4 Amberlily

Posted 24 March 2014 - 09:18 AM

View Posthills mum bec, on 24 March 2014 - 09:06 AM, said:

So have the garments been recalled?  Both my DD's have a few pairs of rivers jeans so I'm a bit worried.

I'm only going by what the article says, but it does state up the top "In the past month, clothing chains Rivers Australia and Just Jeans, and bedding ­retailer Pillow Talk recalled items" - so I'm assuming that they have issued a recall of the items.

I'm no expert (just a mum who saw the article and thought it might be important for other mums on this board), but if you're worried about something you've purchased, I'd contact the store / chain you bought it from and quote whatever reference numbers you can get off the clothing tags to see if it's a recalled product or not.


Okay just found this:
Not any of the items that we have.

Just saw your other post - thanks for the link. :)

#5 F.E.B.E

Posted 24 March 2014 - 07:06 PM

Details from the product recalls website:

Rivers Australia—Doghouse style children’s dark-denim jeans & Doghouse style children’s black jeans

PRA number: 2014/14021
Date published: 13th March 2014

Product information

Product description

Doghouse style children’s dark-denim and black jeans
Identifying features

Style number 0476GYJNS for dark-denim jeans and style number 0508BKJNS for black jeans
What are the defects?

The dye used during the manufacture of these jeans may have contained hazardous azo-colourants
What are the hazards?

Expert authorities classify these azo-colourants as carcinogens and recommend that exposure be minimised. While this dye stuff is not banned for textiles use in Australia, in the interests of customers safety Rivers Australia is recalling these two styles of jeans.
Dates available for sale
  • 1st January 2013 - 20th February 2014
Where the product was sold
  • Nationally
Traders who sold this product

Nationally at ‘Rivers’ retail stores and online

Rivers Australia
Supplier's web site

What should consumers do?

Return garments to place of purchase or another Rivers Store for a full refund

#6 cashmere

Posted 24 March 2014 - 07:49 PM

I heard on the news that there is a possibility this dye is being used in children's school uniforms that are being imported to Australia because this chemical is not banned here. Quite frightening

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