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Textile manufacturers in North Carolina are touting their new, environmentally friendly and low-cost products as a way to improve skin care and health.
But the industry’s leaders have raised serious concerns that the new products are inhumane, and are not safe for the animals that produce them.
Here’s a look at the latest news and what consumers should know.
Read MoreIn 2015, the American Humane Association (AHA) published an article in which it accused the textile industry of using “unnecessary and unsafe chemicals” in their textile products.
In addition, the AHA wrote that “many textile producers and consumers are concerned about the safety of their textile work products, including their treatment of animals.”
The textiles industry’s most recent complaint to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) came in 2016.
According to the complaint, “the textile industry’s textile products are being manufactured using materials derived from animal suffering, such as the use of toxic chemical and synthetic herbicides, and the use and abuse of hormones and antibiotics.”
The complaint also accused textile manufacturers of using the label “organic” to hide the fact that some of their products were made from genetically modified plants.
According to the USDA, the textile companies involved in this case “were not aware that their textile production was using animal suffering materials,” and “did not use the label ‘organic.'”
In the complaint and the FDA’s investigation, the agency found that the textile manufacturers and their employees had “violated the requirements of the Humane Methods and Practices Act and other federal animal welfare laws” by “engaging in practices that result in unnecessary and unnecessary and unsafe chemical use and treatment, and that do not meet the minimum standards set by the federal government for textile products.”
In the statement from the American Institute of Certified Furriers (AICF), which is a member of the AHC, the company says it “will continue to work with USDA to address the issue of unnecessary and illegal chemical use.”
In a statement to HuffPost, the textiles company called the USDA’s investigation “extremely disappointing” and said it is “working closely with our supplier to identify, mitigate and correct any deficiencies in their process.”
But the company is not the only one to raise concerns about the use or misuse of chemicals in textile manufacturing.
In October, the National Humane Society issued a letter to textile manufacturers that said the use, abuse and neglect of chemicals is “a common practice in the textile and textile products industries and is unacceptable and inexcusable.”
The letter called for an investigation into the use “of synthetic herbicide and hormones” in textile products, and urged the textile manufactures to adopt stricter policies.
“The textile industry must stop manufacturing harmful chemicals, and provide humane alternatives to the harmful synthetic products they produce,” the letter reads.
“A chemical free textile industry is the only way to truly protect our animals and our planet.”
The textile manufacturers have been fighting back with a number of statements in response to the allegations.
In November, the Textile Manufacturers Association of America (TMAA) wrote to USDA Commissioner Kim Johnson and the head of the agency’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to say that the agency is “actively engaged” with them.
The letter also said that “the TMAA is in the process of addressing the concerns raised by the AHS.”
The textiles companies also filed a lawsuit against the USDA in March 2017, asking that it “immediately cease and desist from using synthetic herbicidal and synthetic hormone formulations on cotton, and immediately cease all synthetic herb chemicals.”