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Asos withdraws radioactive belts

Etailer Asos has withdrawn a batch of metal studded belts over fears they are radioactive.

A report carried out by an external regulator found that the leather belts could cause injury if worn for more than 500 hours.

They have tested positive for Cobalt-60 and are being held in a radioactive storage facility according to the Guardian.

There has been a worldwide recall of the belts, with 49 sold across 14 countries. It is not known how many have been returned.

The report, which was called Project Purple Flower, said one of the brass studded belts was tested at US border control. The report said: “None of these belts are suitable for public use or possession.”

A spokesman for Asos said: “A product supplied to Asos did not meet UK health and safety standards. Asos worked with all relevant authorities and undertook a precautionary product recall, in line with our high standards of quality and customer care. No other Asos product lines are affected.”

According to the Guardian a row between Asos and the Indian group accused of supplying the belts, Haq International, has now broken out.

Supplier boss Faizan Haq has been refused permission to inspect the belts and the newspaper said documents seen show the belts do not match the description of the products supplied by Haq. Asos however claims codes on the boxes with the contaminated belts match.

The etailer has withheld £64,000, which is reportedly owed to Haq. The supplier has had to close his factory for five months and cancel orders with Miss Selfridge, leaving 18 members of staff without a job.

Workers have held daily protests outside the factory in the Uttar Pradesh province in northern India.

The Guardian reported that Asos has since offered to pay Haq £24,000 of the £64,000 he is owed.

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