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Local furniture firm Enex recalls radon-emitting mattress

All Headlines 22:19 August 28, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean furniture firm Enex Co. said Tuesday it has decided to recall one kind of mattress found to emit a higher-than-permissible level of a radioactive substance.

The mattress, which was available for about four months from August 2012 on the company's online shopping mall, turned out to emit radiation levels that exceed safety limits, the company said, adding that a total of 244 units were sold.

"Our preliminary measurement made upon the request of customers last week found the fact, and we've voluntarily decided to recall the product and give a new, safe model to customers," a company official said.

Earlier this year, consumers here were enraged by a scandal involving mattresses that were found to emit radon, after at least seven models of mattresses made by local producer, Daijin Bed, emitted levels up to 9.3 times the national standard.

Being exposed to radon -- a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas -- for a long period of time can lead to lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

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