Consumer Product Safety

Special News No.5

January 31, 1997

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry has examined the safety related to the bacterial contamination (Legionella) in bathwater of a 24-hour bath by holding a specialist conference for examining 24-hour bath health problem, and in January 29, 1997, released the data outlines on the health measures submitted by the manufacturing and sales industries.
The data submitted by the respective companies can be read in the following sites.

Perusal sites of data submitted by companies
Library of the Ministry of
International Trade and Industry
(Perusable from 10:00 to 16:30)
1-3-1
Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku
03- 2501-1511 (main switchboard number)
Consumer Goods Industries Division,
Hokkaido Regional Bureau's of International Trade and Industry
C/o Sapporo Daiichi Godo-chosha
2-1-1
Nishi Kita-8-jo Kita-ku Sapporo-shi
011-709-2311 (main switchboard number)
Consumer Goods Industries Division,
Tohoku Regional Bureau's of International Trade and Industry
3-3-1 Hon-cho Aoba-ku Sendai-shi 022-263-1111 (main switchboard number)
Consumer Goods Industries Division,
Kanto Regional Bureau's of International Trade and Industry
C/o Otemachi Godo-chosha Dai-3-Gokan
1-3-3 Otemachi Chiyoda-ku
03-3216-5641 (main switchboard number)
Consumer Goods Industries Division,
Chubu Regional Bureau's of International Trade and Industry
2-5-2
San'nomaru Naka-ku Nagoya-shi
052-951-2729
Consumer Goods Industries Division,
Kinki Regional Bureau's of International Trade and Industry
1-5-44
Otemae Chuo-ku Osaka-shi
06-941-9251 (main switchboard number)
Consumer Goods Industries Division,
Chugoku Regional Bureau's of International Trade and Industry
C/o Hiroshima Godo-chosha 2 Go-kan
6-30
Kami-Hachobori Naka-ku Hiroshima-shi
082-224-5614 (main switchboard number)
Consumer Goods Industries Division,
Shikoku Regional Bureau's of International Trade and Industry
1-10-6
Ichiban-cho Takamatsu, Kagawa-ken
0878-31-3141 (main switchboard number)
Consumer Goods Industries Division,
Kyushu Regional Bureau's of International Trade and Industry
2-11-1
Hakata-eki Higashi Hakata-ku Fukuoka-shi
092-432-1301 (main switchboard number)

1. Companies Temporarily Suspending Manufacturing and Sales (8)

ALTECH Co., Ltd.,, INAX Corporation, and OKUMURA ENGINEERING Corp. (Manufacturers) Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., TERAL KYOKUTO INC., Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd., Yamahisa Co., Ltd., and Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. (Sales agencies)

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2. Companies Spontaneously Refraining from Propagandizing and Advertising (9)

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd., and Kyushu Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Manufacturers)
Asahi Solar Co., Ltd., Sanyo Life Electronics Co., Ltd., Hitachi Living Systems Co., Ltd., Bixor Co., Ltd., JUKI Co., Ltd., and Union Tokyo Co., Ltd. (Sales agencies)

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3. Companies Designed Product with Legionella Prevention Standards Set Thereto (2)

Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.

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4. Legionella

The Legionella is free life bacteria living in soil and fresh water in the nature. According to the announcement of the scientific society, when Legionella enters into artificial water environment being stagnant or circulated in a closed cavity, it was confirmed that the number of Legionella increases more than that in the nature. If a person infected Legionella via the respiratory passages or wound, it is told that there is a risk of the onset of the pneumonia.
This bacteria exists in the nature so that there is a chance to be detected by an inspection, however, if Legionella is detected, it does not always mean that the person contract the pneumonia.
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry does not perform the inspection of the Legionella, however, according to the districts, a public health center examines it so that if you want to have an examination, make contact to the public health center.

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