Will your suitcase give you cancer?
Are you journeying to a posh resort this summer? Did you think you might splash out on some quality luggage so that you wouldn’t be shown up as a Chav at the baggage carousel? Let’s hope you didn’t pick the stylish Samsonite Toyko Chic range then…
That’s right, the Consumer Council in Hong Kong tested the cases and found traces of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a chemical compound linked to causing cancer and birth defects in animals.
While we don’t know why they decided to test the cases, the results showed levels of 17,960 milligrams of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons per kilo in the handles, which is higher than guidelines recommend. Despite Samsonite claiming their own tests only found 17 milligrams per kilo, the company is spending a reported £320,000 recalling 250,000 suitcases, sold over the last three years.
But is the scandal leaving a bitter taste in Samsonite’s mouth? It appears so. Ramesh Tainwala, Samsonite’s Asia-Pacific and Middle East president, reportedly dismissed the risk saying “a human being has to eat 100 handles and then you have the probability of one in a billion chance of getting cancer.” We’re not sure, but we think Samsonite Suitcase Handle may be an oriental delicacy, served with aromatic leaves and plum sauce. Bet he hasn’t eaten any though.
Most of the Tokyo Chic suitcases have been sold in Asia but are available to British customers on specialist luggage websites. We know about lots of specialist websites, but we have never seen one featuring luggage before. You live and learn.
If you are concerned that you may have an evil cancer-exuding suitcase in your possession, you should contact Samsonite for advice. And whatever you do, don’t eat it.