Nike, Adidas Euro jerseys contain hazardous chemicals

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Friday, June 08, 2012

A European consumer watchdog group said many jerseys in the Euro 2012 tournament contain harmful toxic substances.

Nine teams' jerseys were tested and all were found to have "worrying levels of chemical content."

Nike-made Portugal and Netherlands jerseys contain nickel. And host country Poland’s jerseys contain more organotin — a sweat- and odor-prevention compound known to be toxic to the nervous system — than is legally allowed, prompting the BEUC to say the Nike-made shirts should be “banned outright from shops.”

Jerseys for Adidas-made Spain and Puma-made Italy contained nonylphenol, which the BEUC said can distrupt the endocrine system.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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