Studded Fashion Belts by ASOS are Recalled After Testing Positive for Radioactive Isotopes
The British online fashion retailer ASOS has issued a recall on a black studded belt line after U.S. Border Customs found it to contain radioactive properties. ASOS is the largest online fashion and beauty retailer in the United Kingdom and has launched its market in the United States with enormous success. The radioactive discovery was made during a U.S. Customs inspection. The studded peplum style fashion belt tested positive for Cobalt-60, a radioactive isotope that can cause cancer.
ASOS voluntarily recalled the metal studded belt line after the discovery. The radioactive properties tested low, but could be harmful to those who wear the belt for 500 hours. Over 600 belts were produced, but only 49 of the inventory items were sold across approximately 14 different countries. ASOS was able to contact those that purchased the radioactive studded belts by contacting them through the provided purchase and shipping information online.
Questions rise over how the studded belts were produced with radioactive qualities. According to The Daily Beast, an ASOS representative “hinted that the item’s subpar production could be due [to] metal manufacturing practices abroad.”
The fashion magazine Vogue also weighs in on the incident report: “Unfortunately, this incident is quite a common occurrence…India and the Far East are large consumers of scrap metal for their home and foreign markets. During the refining process of these metals, orphaned radioactive sources are sometimes accidentally melted at the same time. This in turn [contaminates the process] and traps the radioactivity in the metal as an alloy or in suspension.”
ASOS states that the radioactive material has not affected any other product lines.
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