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Bathing suits, sports wear come under cloud

SOME bathing suits and sports wear have been ordered off the shelves at some local shopping centers, including the Westgate Mall and City Plaza on downtown Nanjing Road W., after failing a recent quality check by the market watchdog.

Some of the dresses were found to be potentially harmful to people's health by causing skin infections and damage to the neurosurgical system, the Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau revealed yesterday.

The bureau tested 70 batches of products, among which 21 were found to have quality problems - 13 batches of bathing suits and eight of sports wear.

The most serious problem was with the pH index. For example, the pH index of a "Camel Active" sports wear sold at the City Plaza near Jing'an Temple was 9.5, much higher than 7.5, the standard's upper limit. People would experience itching or pricking of the skin if they wore such clothes for long, officials said.

Another problem was elasticity. A batch of SPEEDO bathing suits sold at Westgate Mall was found to be too flabby to wear.

Other problems included poor color quality, inadequate fiber content and vague explanation on labels, the bureau said.

Bureau officials said the products sold in hypermarkets were worrying, as only one out of all the nine batches sold there was absolutely safe. For example, four out of five batches sold in the RT-Mart Yangpu branch failed the quality test.

The stores have removed the questionable products.


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