There are concerns about azo dyes – which are linked to cancer – found in some imported leather upholstered furniture, such as lounges, dining chairs and bed headboards. And there has been an increase in the number of complaints from consumers about smell and or some physical reactions to furniture.
Reactions could include headaches, rashes or a whole range of things. It doesn’t mean it’s caused from azo dyes but it’s worth checking for the health of your family.
Most leading Australian retailers will not sell furniture containing azo dyes, but buying from an international online retailer could present a bigger risk, as they may not be aware of Australian standards.
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Media Release: ACCC investigates possible AZO dye risks associated with exposure to IMPORTED furniture
Recent concerns about hazardous AZO dyes in clothing and bed linen have now been extended to include textiles and leather in imported furniture. The ACCC has also been alerted to potential exposure to chemicals such as formaldehyde from bonded leather in imported...
Recent activity in relation to health concern related to hazardous azo dyes in clothing and bed linen has prompted investigation about possible similar links to textiles and leather in furniture. Coupled with these concerns is the potential exposure to chemicals such as formaldehyde from bonded leather on imported furniture.