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Adidas, Nike and Puma Respond to Greenpeace Report on World Cup Merchandise

Adidas, Nike and Puma have responded to Greenpeace’s recent report, “A Red Card for Sportswear Brands,” which claimed independent testing found trace amounts of potentially hazardous chemicals in 33 World Cup 2014 products including cleats, goalkeeper gloves and the event’s official soccer ball.

“None of the tested products pose any health risk to consumers. All of the published results and concentrations fully meet all legal requirements,” according to an official statement released Wednesday by Sabrina Cheung, corporate public relation director of Adidas Group Greater China.

As an example, Adidas noted that its Brazuca ball tested for nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) parts per million 50 times lower than the European guideline.

“We call on Greenpeace to share details of their testing methodology with us as we would like to verify the implied results through independent institutes,” the statement said. “We clearly reject Greenpeace’s attempt in making our consumers believe that our products are unsafe.”

Nike made a statement saying: “Nike is committed to the goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020. Since we announced this statement in November 2011, we have made meaningful progress toward our goal. The Nike products in the report tested within the limits set by EU regulations and below the levels set in Nike’s own Restricted Substances List,”according to Exotextile.

Puma said that while the report does not make any contrary claims, it would like to emphasize that the tested Puma articles comply with all legal requirements.