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Appliances fail standard

WATCHDOGS are cleaning up the washing machine market by removing models they say are not up to standard from stores.

Machines made by Sanyo and Meilin performed poorly in a recent inspection, the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said yesterday.

Tests showed machines in their ranges did not clean thoroughly and had high power consumption, officials said.

The bureau said the washing machines were collected from local household electric appliances markets. These products have been removed from the shelves, officials said.

The bureau has also carried out inspections on flash drives, and discovered that 40 percent had quality problems - mostly that their actual capability was less than claimed.

Similar problems were found in some portable hard drives and electronic dictionaries, officials said.

Also yesterday, a local consumers' rights watchdog said some socks sold in local markets failed to meet quality standards.

The Shanghai Commission of Consumers' Rights and Interests Protection tested 30 pairs of socks, of which a third failed. These included Mengna socks for men containing azo dyes. These are banned from use in garments and are linked to cancer, officials said.

Other brands of socks were found to contain inadequate fiber content. The fiber content of eight out of 30 pairs of socks were lower than the standard, said the commission.

The commission has reported the results to the industrial and commercial authorities for further investigation.


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