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Kids' clothing by Les Enphants, Adidas fails tests

BABY apparel made by major children's wear firm Les Enphants and sportswear giant Adidas were found to have problems in colorfastness and shrinkage, China Consumers Association said yesterday.

Kids' underwear of Shanghai Les Enphants Children Articles Co Ltd, the Shanghai subsidiary of Taiwan-based baby product retailer Les Enphants, was found to have poor performance in shrinkage, meaning the size of clothing will change significantly after washing. The product priced at 99 yuan (US$15.97) is available at one of Les Enphants' stores in Jiu Guang Department Store on Nanjing Rd W.

Les Enphants was contacting the association for further investigation, and it will recall the product if the problem is confirmed, said Mou Yun, an official with Shanghai Les Enphants Children Articles Co Ltd.

The association also found Adidas short sleeve T-shirts and knit shorts for boys had problems with poor colorfastness when rubbed. The dye with poor colorfastness will bleed onto the skin, which can lead to allergies. Adidas was not available for comment yesterday.

Among the 39 items of children's apparel for kids under 3 years old checked, 24 had quality problems, ranging from fiber content to pH index. They were bought randomly from department stores, supermarkets and franchised stores, priced between 29.90 yuan and 1,470 yuan for a suit or a single piece.

The association suggested consumers choose baby apparel with light colors and made of pure cotton, and wash it before it is worn by babies.


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