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Leaks, bad labels mar adult diapers

GUIDELINES:People who use products that failed to meet standards could be more susceptible to skin infections, the Consumers’ Foundation reported

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Demand for adult diapers has increased as the nation ages, but a recent random test found one-fifth of the products to be substandard and nearly 70 percent improperly labeled.

The Consumers’ Foundation and the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection tested 15 brands of adult incontinence products purchased from pharmacies, department stores and medical supply shops in Hualien County in March.

The products were subjected to quality tests that assessed their absorbency and their rewet value.

Three of the products failed to meet national standards.

Hibis Adult Diapers (松青寶成人紙尿褲) could hold just 365g of liquid, lower than the national requirements of at least 400g, making its users susceptible to leaks, the foundation said.

“Feelfree Adult Diapers (安親成人紙尿褲) and Parents Adult Diapers (孝親成人紙尿褲) were found to have a rewet value of 44.2g and 50.7g of fluid respectively, higher than the government standards of below 30g. People who use the products could be more susceptible to skin infections,” the foundation said.

In addition, the manufacturers of 10 of the tested products have been ordered to make labeling corrections. The problematic labels lacked information such as the name, address and contact number for manufacturers.

“Companies that fail to comply within the given deadline will face a fine ranging from NT$20,000 to NT$200,000 in accordance with the Commodity Labeling Act (商品標示法),” the foundation said.

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