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What is the SEK mark?
(The official website of Japan SEK product mark certification)

The SEK mark is a certification awarded by the Japan Textile Evaluation Technology Council to certify the functionality, durability, and safety of textile products. SEK stands for "cleanliness (S), hygiene (E), and comfort (K)."

Voluntary standards have been developed for labeling terms, evaluation methods/standards, and safety for textiles that have undergone antibacterial, deodorizing, and antibacterial treatment. If these standards are met, the SEK mark can be used.

Many fabrics claim to be antibacterial or antimicrobial, but consumers cannot tell how many bacteria there are. Fabrics with the SEK mark issued by the Textile Evaluation Technology Committee have been proven to have passed strict inspections, so you can use them with confidence. The SEK mark not only includes antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, but also various certifications such as "antiviral treatment," "deodorizing treatment," and "antimold treatment."

The SEK mark is blue for antibacterial and deodorizing treatment, orange for general antibacterial treatment, and red for special antibacterial treatment.

(Refer to:150415SEK)

Regarding the safety of the SEK certification mark

The SEK certification standard defines the chemicals that are prohibited from use and the laws that must be complied with, as well as the safety tests for processing agents and products.

In the safety testing of processing agents, data for all four items must be submitted:

In addition to SEK, there is also the SIAA mark, which is a safety mark for antimicrobial processing issued by the Antimicrobial Products Technical Committee (SIAA). The SIAA is an organization composed of manufacturers and inspection agencies of antimicrobial agents and antimicrobial products, aiming to disseminate appropriate and safe antimicrobial products. The SIAA mark can be affixed to products that meet the three standards set by the SIAA: "antibacterial," "safety," and "appropriate labeling."

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Inhibits bacterial growth to a level that prevents odor.
Inhibits Staphylococcus aureus.

Inhibits fungal growth.
General use: Inhibits Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
Specific use: Inhibits Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

Difference between sterilization, disinfection, and sanitation:
Sterilization: kills microorganisms like bacteria.
Disinfection: thoroughly kills microorganisms like bacteria.
Sanitation: removes microorganisms like bacteria.

SEK Mark :
A symbol that certifies the "functionality", "durability", and "safety" of textile products, issued by the Textile Evaluation Technology Council.
Derived from the initials of "Cleanliness (S)", "Sanitation (E)", and "Comfort (K)".

Among these bacteria, there are good bacteria like bifidobacteria, but bacteria that grow on clothing cannot be relied on to have positive effects on the human body. On the contrary, bacteria have various harmful effects.

If possible, it is important to be aware of the importance of antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to prevent the spread of bacteria.



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