Kitchen Goods Cancer Alert

Gayle Eversole
Seattle PI
May 31, 2009

Marks & Spencer, a UK retailer, has recalled 200,000 black nylon kitchen utensils after tests showed some contain traces of the chemical Diaminodiphenylmethane in material used to make them.

This chemical is linked to cancer. EU law says this should not be found in plastics used for food utensils. US laws are supposed to prevent similar exposure.

The recalled items include a black nylon spoon, ladle, turner & a masher, all made in China.

A similar chemical has been found in high levels in other Chinese-made nylon kitchen utensils.

In data listed with the CDC in 1976, Diaminodiphenylmethane is a known factor related to liver tumours and hepatitis.

CDC information

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