New Mold Prevention Breakthrough by Bureau Veritas Has Potential to Significantly Reduce Losses for Leather and Textile

     New Mold Prevention Breakthrough by Bureau Veritas Has Potential to
       Significantly Reduce Losses for Leather and Textile Manufactures

  PR Newswire

  HONG KONG, December 20, 2012

HONG KONG, December 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

A breakthrough in mold and mildew prevention techniques could save shoe,
clothing and leather goods manufacturers significant cost in spoiled product.
The new mold prevention program from quality assurance specialist Bureau
Veritas is already in use by some leading global retailers looking to reduce
the cost of moldy products being shipped.

Mold growth can lead to textiles, clothes, shoes and other leather goods
becoming discolored and cause products to smell. Mold spores can be toxic and
represent a health hazard. Every year millions of dollars' worth of products
are rejected by retailers, or worse still returned by consumers, with the risk
of litigation and damage to a company's reputation. Problems can arise at any
stage of the manufacturing and retail process, but often stem from humid
conditions in factories and poorly ventilated warehousing and transport.
Chemicals used to tackle and prevent mold face increasingly tight
restrictions, with many now banned in the USA and Europe. Mold is therefore
no longer simply an issue of spoiled appearance. It is a safety issue, and one
facing stringent regulations.

To help address the problem, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, a
leading provider of safety, compliance and quality assurance testing,
inspection and certification services, has developed a mold prevention program
focused around a factory assessment that examines and addresses areas for
improvement of the conditions in which products are manufactured, stored and
packed before shipment. The offering additionally includes product testing and
educational seminars.

Chris Baird, Marketing Director at Bureau Veritas, said, "Mold is a serious
issue for retailers and manufacturers. It's estimated, for example, that five
per cent of all shoes are rejected by retailers because of mold. The cause is
often factories and assembly plants, particularly in Asia, which can become
ideal breeding grounds for mold because of the warmth and high humidity. Our
Factory Assessment and seminars address process management / improvement (QA)
whilst our testing addresses product control (QC). The total solution
therefore addresses root cause problems, ongoing validation and results in
peace of mind and optimized profits for our clients."

For 36 years, Bureau Veritas has worked successfully with top manufacturers
and retailers around the world to help them better manage risk and regulatory
compliance. For more information on Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services
and its mold prevention and assessment services, please see .

About Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is a world leader in conformity assessment and certification
services. Founded in 1828, the group has more than 59,000 employees in more
than 940 offices and 340 laboratories located in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas
helps its clients to improve their performances by offering innovative
services and solutions in order to ensure that their products, infrastructure
and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and
safety, environment protection and social responsibility.

Bureau Veritas' Consumer Products Services division is a leading global
quality assurance provider for the global consumer product and retail markets.
It offers an array of specialized services including testing, inspections,
audits and engineering services for a wide range of consumer products
including hard goods, toys and juvenile products, soft goods, premiums,
electrical and electronic products, food products, health, beauty and
household products.

Bureau Veritas is listed on the Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20
(Compartment A, code ISIN FR 0006174348, stock symbol: BVI). 

For company details, please visit:

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Website: (Global) /

Contact: For general enquiries, please contact: Europe: France: Sophie
Petersheim (Email:; Germany:
Christiane Hachmann (Email:; United
Kingdom: Alexa Besnard (Email: ; USA:
Margaret Collopy, Email: ; Asia: Flora
Wong, +852-2494-5869, Email:
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