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Baby clothes defective

SEVERAL batches of baby clothes sold by H&M and Mothercare were destroyed or recalled last year after failing routine tests, the city’s quality watchdog said. Among the items that were destroyed were 15 batches of H&M baby clothes that contained excessive levels of formaldehyde, the Shanghai Exit-Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau said.

In high enough doses formaldehyde can cause headaches, dermatitis, respiratory disease, eczema, and even malignant tumors and leukemia. With their sensitive skin and undeveloped immune systems, babies are particularly vulnerable to such things, the bureau said. Other items made by H&M were found to have high pH levels and poor color fastness. Clothing dyes that have a low fastness can be harmful if the color bleeds on to the skin, while a high pH index can cause allergies and increase vulnerability to bacteria, the bureau said.


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