Mattress-makers Silent Night and Simba carry out emergency tests after a cancer chemical scare

One of Silent Night's mattresses.

Chemical company BASF warns bad batches of chemicals used in foam manufacture shipped.
Chemical contains unusually high levels of compound suspected of causing cancer.
Silent Night, Simba, and Eve carry out emergency checks to make sure customers not exposed.

LONDON — UK mattress-makers have shut down production and carried out emergency testing after German chemical giant BASF warned customers it had shipped a bad batch of chemicals that could cause cancer.

Silent Night, the UK’s biggest mattress manufacturer, and startup bed maker Simba both shut down production at factories in Lancashire and Derby this week.

A spokesperson for online mattress retailer Eve Sleep told Business Insider on Thursday afternoon that the company was “checking as a matter of urgency” whether any of its products are affected.

Emergency tests confirm that both Silent Night and Simba’s products did not contain any of the suspect chemicals.

The alarm was raised after BASF wrote to 50 of its customers this week warning 7,500 tonnes of a chemical it produced called TDI contained unusually high levels of the compound DCB.

DCB can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, and throat and, according to a BASF letter seen by Business Insider, is “suspected of causing cancer.”

TDI is mainly used to make elastic foam for mattresses, cushions, and car seats, BASF said in a statement. It is also used to make wood coating for furniture.

Silent Nights, the UK’s biggest mattress manufacturer, told Business Insider it shut down its Lancashire factory for two days this week to carry out emergency testing to see if it was affected, but concluded all was OK.

A spokesperson told BI:

“The UK furniture industry has been affected by a significant European foam supply issue, caused by a quality fluctuation from an ingredients supplier.

“As a precautionary measure, Silentnight Group suspended manufacturing for a short period of time while we investigated the situation.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Finance

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