Too many disposable diaper products, including brandname diapers, fall well below national safety and quality standards, the Cabinet-level Consumer Protection Commission announced yesterday.
The commission recently selected at random five adult diaper products and "most" brand-name infant diapers and submitted them to the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection under the Ministry of Economic Affairs to be tested, commission spokesman Wu Cheng-hsueh (吳政學) said.
"The results of the inspection revealed that 50 percent of the infant diapers sampled were not up to par, and many of the adult diapers were substandard too," Wu told reporters at a press conference yesterday at the commission's Taipei headquarters.
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"My father is bed-ridden and needs [his diapers] changed twice a day," Wu said, adding that "perhaps all of us will one day need to wear diapers, so this is an issue we should pay attention to."
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"If diaper materials can't properly hold or distribute the waste, that can wreak havoc on elderly wearers' skin, which is very sensitive," Chuang said.
She called on the ministry to enforce quality standards on diaper manufacturers.
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Chang added that the bureau was still assessing the situation and would issue a "more in-depth study in the future."
According to a commission press release, sub-standard diaper products also flunked labeling and pH-level standards, adding that expiration dates and other information were either missing or unclearly marked.
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