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Ex-Reckitt Benckiser Korea CEO Gets 7-Year Jail Term for Toxic Products

Ex-Reckitt Benckiser Korea CEO Gets 7-Year Jail Term for Toxic Products

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – A Seoul court on Friday sentenced a former head of Reckitt Benckiser’s local unit to seven years in prison, more than five years after the scandal over the household goods maker’s toxic humidifier sterilizers came to light.  The Seoul Central District Court convicted Shin Hyun-woo, 68, of selling the [...]

Government Investigates All Daily Use Chemical Products for Consumer Safety

Government Investigates All Daily Use Chemical Products for Consumer Safety

SEJONG, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – The government set out a series of countermeasures Tuesday against increasing concerns over goods containing chemical substances, which included an investigation of all everyday use chemical products.  “We have had growing public unease with everyday use products that contain chemicals, from incidents like the toxic humidifier sterilizer case,” said [...]

Oxy Reckitt Benckiser CEO Stands before Court, Apologizes to Victims

SEOUL, Oct. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – The chief of Oxy Reckitt Benckiser attended a court hearing Tuesday, apologizing to the victims of the company’s toxic humidifier sterilizer products.  Ata Safdar appeared at the Seoul Central District Court as the representing director of the Korean unit of the British firm, which is standing trial as a [...]

Toothpastes with Toxic Sterilizer Chemicals Breed Anxious Consumers

Toothpastes with Toxic Sterilizer Chemicals Breed Anxious Consumers

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – The recent discovery that Korea’s leading toothpaste products contain CMIT/MIT, synthetic preservatives also used in Oxy’s controversial humidifier sterilizer, has lead to rapidly spreading alarm among the general public.  The discovery was made public on Monday in a statement from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS).  According [...]

Oxy Reckitt Benckiser Criticized for Double Standard in Treatment of Toxic Sterilizer Victims

Oxy Reckitt Benckiser Criticized for Double Standard in Treatment of Toxic Sterilizer Victims

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Oxy Reckitt Benckiser (RB) may have finalized its toxic humidifier sterilizer compensation plan, but victims and their families are still not convinced. Instead, they’re criticizing the company for applying a double standard to the compensatory measures.  “Oxy RB is the biggest aggressor in the toxic sterilizer tragedy. It concealed [...]

Government Faces New Troubles amid Toxic Humidifier Sterilizer Investigation

Government Faces New Troubles amid Toxic Humidifier Sterilizer Investigation

SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – The toxic humidifier sterilizer case has left over 200 dead, with the potential number of victims believed to surpass 2.2 million.  Although the controversy seems as though it’s finally coming to an end following the announcement of monetary compensation to victims of up to 350 million won ($314,000) by [...]

Oxy Reckitt Benckiser Unveils Compensation Plans for S. Korean Victims

Oxy Reckitt Benckiser Unveils Compensation Plans for S. Korean Victims

SEOUL, August 1 (Korea Bizwire) – Oxy Reckitt Benckiser on Sunday announced its compensation plans for South Koreans who died or became seriously ill after using its toxic humidifier sanitizers, despite victims still demanding an apology from the company’s British headquarters.  After holding three rounds of negotiations with the victims and their families over compensation, [...]

OIT Found in Supposedly Safe Samsung Air Purifiers

OIT Found in Supposedly Safe Samsung Air Purifiers

SEOUL, July 21 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korean Ministry of Environment confirmed on July 20 that Octylisothiazolinone (OIT) – a toxic substance that instigated the Oxy humidifier sterilizer scandal in Korea several months ago – was found in 58 models of air purifiers and three vehicle air conditioner filters currently being sold locally, and advised manufacturers to [...]