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Disney and Miffy kids' shoes fail quality tests

CHILDREN'S shoes featuring Disney and Miffy labels failed a recent quality test, the Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau said yesterday.

The bureau tested 58 batches of shoes in local department stores and supermarkets with 24 batches failing the test. The problems centered on poor durability and excessive levels of formaldehyde, officials said.

The stores were ordered to remove the unqualified shoes.

Bobdog shoes sold at Huahai Young Supplies Co and Mckids shoes sold at Shanghai Longtrust Co were found with excessive levels of formaldehyde. The chemical substance easily evaporates in the air, and may lead to respiratory and digestive system diseases in children, the bureau said.

A pair of shoes bearing a Disney label sold at the Huaihai Young Supplies store was found to have poor durability. The tread and vamp of the shoes easily came unglued, officials said.

Another pair of shoes sold at the store and bearing the label Miffy had the same problem. In the test, the shoes came unglued on both sides.

Both brands were produced by factories in Foshan, Guangdong Province, the bureau said.

Disney Shanghai said yesterday that the company is now looking into the matter while Miffy said it was not aware of the issue. The other two companies were not available for comment yesterday.


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