The country bans the sale of medical products that have been contaminated with asbestos.

South Korea has placed a ban on the sale of medical products that have been contaminated with asbestos. As reported by AFP, the Korea Food and Drug Administration has ordered a recall on over 1,100 talcum powder containing goods that are said to have been compromised.

The chief of the drug safety agency, Yoon Yeo-Pyo, is quoted in the AFP report as stating of the matter, “I sincerely apologize for causing public anxiety.”

The JoongAng Daily is further quoted by AFP as stating in an editorial of the public health scare, “There are now fears that medicines and household goods might also be affected… We’re now in a situation where we don’t know which household goods we use every day are contaminated by this dangerous material.”

Asbestos can lead to serious health conditions such as mesothelioma lung cancer.

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