There is "poison in containers" arriving at European ports, warns French daily Le Monde. Out of a million containers unloaded each week, the paper explains, "15 to 20 per cent contain fumes that are extremely dangerous, carcinogenic or neurotoxic" and these substances "endanger a whole series of people, from workers [...] to the consumers themselves."
The presence of the fumes is, in part, explained by fumigation operations aimed at "eliminating moulds and vermin during transport". Another reason for the presence of these poisons: the goods themselves release gases and vapours. Clothing made in Asia often contains benzene- and toluene-based solvents, both of which are carcinogenic.