Asbestos scare forces Rotorua school to close science laboratories

Rotorua Lakes High School has closed its science laboratories amid nationwide fears gauze mats used with Bunsen burners at schools may be contaminated with a rare form of asbestos.

More than 113 schools across the country that have been supplied the mats since April 2016 have been asked to dispose of them and the product, originally from China, is being recalled.

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