Rayon chiffon scarves recalled
About 375,000 sheer rayon chiffon scarves that could "burn faster than newspaper" were pulled from stores all over the country yesterday in what the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said was the largest clothing recall ever conducted under the Flammable Fabrics Act.
The majority of recalled scarves were sold under the "Fashionique II" label, although not all scarves with this label violate the law. All of them have labels saying they were made in India, and are made of either 100 percent rayon, or 65 percent rayon and 35 percent metallic material. The scarves were imported as a spring line for summer sale, which meant that most had already been sold. As well as the long scarves, large square or oblong versions were also sold for use as beach cover-ups or hip wraps.
Nearly 2,000 large retailers and small boutiques nationwide, including Hit or Miss, Caldor, Ross Dress for Less, T. J. Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory and Pier 1 Imports, sold the scarves, which cost between $2 and $28.
Consumers with questions can call a CPSC hot line at (800) 638-2772.
Biospherics gets patent
Biospherics Inc. of Beltsville said it has been granted a patent to use its nonfattening sugar D-tagatose to treat diabetes by using the product to control the body's blood glucose level.
The company said that in research on diabetic mice and rats, D-tagatose helped return key biochemical indicators of diabetes to normal levels. The company is already preparing to market the sugar as a food additive competing with NutraSweet in Pacific Rim nations. The company already had a patent to use D-tagatose as a food additive in the U.S. market.
Business inventories rise again
Inventories of unsold goods on wholesalers' shelves rose for a 13th straight month in July because of a broadly based slump in demand for everything from new cars to building materials, the Commerce Department said yesterday.
The inventory figures bolstered other indications that economic growth may be relatively sluggish for the rest of the year as companies work down their supplies of excess goods.
Inventories climbed 0.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted $252.12 billion after a revised identical increase in June that previously was reported as a smaller 0.5 percent rise.
O'Hare still busiest airport
O'Hare International Airport in Chicago consolidated its position as the world's busiest passenger airport, according to a half-year report by the Airports Council International.
O'Hare reinforced its position as the world's busiest airport with 32.4 million people using it in the first half of the year. It was followed in order by Atlanta, Dallas/Forth Worth and Los Angeles.