IKEA Korea recalls portable mugs that have been found to contain cancer-causing chemicals. The ready-to-assemble furniture company announced on Jan. 15 that it will make full refunds to all customers who have bought Troligtvis travel mugs imported from India.
Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) confirmed in December 2019 that these portable mugs contained dibutyl phthalate (DBP), which is classified as a carcinogen, said the Swedish furniture retailer. The DBP levels detected in the products amounted to 6-1.8 mg/L, far exceeding the permitted level of 0.3 mg/L. The ministry told IKEA Korea to discontinue sales of the problematic products and recall the already sold ones. The company has imported a total of 11,760 travel mugs from India.
IKEA Korea said that immediately after MFDS’ order, it stopped selling the products in question and started paying money back to mug buyers regardless of whether they have receipts or not. “IKEA has banned the use of phthalates to its kitchenware, such as utensils, food containers and wrappings for many years,” the company said.
DBP is a chemical additive that is commonly used as a plasticizer. It is classified as hormone-disrupting chemical. Long exposure to the toxic chemical can cause damage to the liver and kidneys and adversely affect reproductive and immune systems.