Tests reveal asbestos in New Zealand crayons

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Two of New Zealand’s biggest arts and craft retailers have pulled crayons containing asbestos from shelves. The clearout comes after Government testing identified asbestos in three of 21 randomly selected crayon products. However, authorities stress the risk to consumers is expected to be low. The Warehouse and Warehouse Stationery, owned by The Warehouse Group, removed …

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Government to halt asbestos and HCFC imports

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The Government will soon move to stop remaining imports of products with asbestos content, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today. It also intended to ban the import of new bulk hydrochlorofluorocarbons, another substance with known risks to both the environment and human health, Smith said. “Asbestos use is still killing 250 New Zealanders per year …

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Pacific region awash with asbestos

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For the first time, authorities in the Pacific now have an idea of just how much asbestos there is in the region, and are trying to work out how to get rid of it before it becomes a health risk. survey has found that some South Pacific countries are awash with the hazardous building material …

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