A health warning has been issued to football fans by Europe's consumer watchdog over possibly toxic football shirts. Official team strips of nine European countries in the Euro 2012 tournament contain "worrying" levels of chemicals.
Europe's consumer watchdog BEUC warned that shirts produced by Adidas, Nike and Puma contained "worrying" levels of chemicals. Nine national shirts pose a health threat: Poland, Spain, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, France, Holland and Portugal, the Telegraph reported.
BEUC said that the shirts of Euro 2012 tournament co-host Poland "should be banned outright from shops as it contains an organotin compound, used to prevent sweat odour, in higher doses than the legal limit. Organotin can be toxic to the nervous system." Other chemicals discovered in the shirts were lead, nickel, and nonylphenol.
Monique Goyens of BEUC said, "It is inexplicable that heavy metals are used in mass consumer products. It is clearly foul play by manufacturers to use substances harmful to both people and the environment."
Goyens added "Our members' test results are a sad reminder that Europe's chemicals legislation is unfit for the purpose of banning dangerous substances from consumer products."
It isn't just the fans that will be exposed to the toxic chemicals if they choose to buy the shirts. EU Business reported that the official teams from Portugal and the Netherlands "will play in shirts containing nickel."