Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz has extended its children's wear recall following concern in Germany that the company's rainwear contains environmentally harmful organic lead substances and must not be disposed of with ordinary household waste.

According to the company's press officer Annacarin Bjorne, the latest recall involves rainwear from the summer 2001 collection and earlier. The new autumn collection of children's rainwear is made from a different material.

According to a report in monthly health and environmental watchdog magazine Ökotest, the lead compound found in the fabric used by H&M is known to affect the immune and hormone systems of animals.

According to Bjorne, the withdrawal of the clothes from the shops is unlikely to affect total sales.

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