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MORIARTY REPORT ON BAD MATTRESSES RESULTS IN INDUSTRY STUDY

 PHILADELPHIA, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A KYW-TV investigative report on possible links between fumes coming from some new mattresses and health problems in those who slept on them has resulted in an industry- wide study on mattress safety.
 In an "Issue Tonight" report on KYW-TV's 11 p.m. news on Feb. 22 and 23, reporter Paul Moriarty reported results of his investigation into consumer complaints of health symptoms -- headaches, dizziness, rashes and respiratory problems -- which individuals reported after sleeping on new mattresses. When Moriarty had the suspected mattresses tested by a lab, mice exposed to the fumes suffered serious side effects, including death. When the industry was contacted about this problem, representatives admitted that their products contained many chemicals but were not able to tell KYW which chemicals, how many or in what quantities.
 Now, in response to those reports, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) has announced its creation of an Indoor Air Quality Task Force with five leading technical experts to study the problem. The IAQ task force is planning in-depth testing on a representative sample of mattress constructions using state-of-the-art test methodology under the auspices of the Sleep Products Safety Council. An independent expert, with accreditation from the National Institute of Science and Technology who previously had many years of experience on the staff of the Consumer Products Safety Commission, is in the process of evaluating potential testing facilities.
 The International Sleep Products Association can be reached at 703-683-8371.
 The "Issue Tonight" is a daily investigative segment of KYW's late newscast, "The News Tonight," with a team of reporters exclusively assigned to that segment. KYW-TV is the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia and is owned by Group W Television Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Joanne Calabria of KYW-TV, 215-238-4964/


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