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20% of foreign clothes fail test

ONE in five garments of imported clothing tested by city officials since 2005 has failed quality tests.

From 2005 until the end of last year, items were tested at random by the Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.

Since January this year, the bureau has examined all imported clothing - 11,575 batches of clothes worth US$228 million. A batch can contain anything from several items through to thousands.

Among these, the bureau found 178 batches of substandard clothes, which were returned or destroyed.

Yesterday, the bureau burned around 10,000 pieces of inferior clothing, including 99.94 kilograms of children's clothes.

The bureau declined to name the brands but disclosed that they are mainly high-grade clothes from South Korea, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Morocco, India, and Bangladesh.

Major problems discovered with the substandard clothes included the use of dangerous and other illegal dyes, excessive formaldehyde, misleading fiber content and high pH index that could cause skin allergies.

Substandard clothes seized in previous years also had similar problems.

Shanghai port receives more than 30,000 batches of imported clothes every year, the value of which accounts for more than 40 percent of the country's total clothes imports.

All importers have been asked to provide statements that their goods meet the country's standards.

The port authority has intensified checks on the safety and hygiene of imported clothes.

Last year, some international brands of baby clothes and wool products failed local quality inspections.

Garments by such well-known names as Folli Follie, Zara and Anna Sui ended up on the blacklist.


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