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Daijin mattresses contain radioactive material above standard

All Headlines 18:02 May 15, 2018

SEOUL, May 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's nuclear commission ruled on Tuesday that some of the mattresses manufactured by Daijin Bed Co. contain radioactive material above the standard and ordered a recall.

The radioactive levels, including for radon, of seven Daijin mattresses were up to 9.3 times above the national tolerance standard, the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said.

Radon is a radioactive, colorless and odorless gas occurring naturally as an indirect decay product of uranium or thorium. It is considered a health hazard due to its radioactivity, and exposure to radioactive gas can cause lung cancer.

The finding comes just five days after the commission initially ruled that the seven Daijin models, produced in 2016, contained safe levels of radon.

The new finding concluded that the annual radiation dose of the models tested came to 1.94 millisievert (mSv), outside of the safety standard for processed products of 1 mSv per year.

"The level of radioactive exposure is expected to be different depending on each person's life pattern and environment," the commission said in a press release. "Consumers should immediately stop using the models before the product recovery is completely carried out."

Over 600 consumers have joined the move to file a suit against the company as of Monday.

A local law firm representing the consumers said the number is expected to rise following the announcement from the nuclear commission, adding that it is also reviewing whether to file a suit against the government.

Officials of the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission hold a press conference on May 15, 2018, to announce the results of an investigation on mattresses by Daijin Bed Co. The investigation found that seven Daijin mattresses contain radioactive material. (Yonhap)


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