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Famous UK, US brands fail inspections

LEISURE wear and T-shirts sold under the brand names of Marks & Spencer and New Balance failed quality tests for poor color fastness and shrinkage problems, the local consumer watchdog said yesterday.

A sample of knit women's wear of the leading British retailer was found to have poor performance in shrinkage, meaning the size of clothing will change significantly after washing.

Marks & Spencer Shanghai said it asked a third party to conduct a test on knitwear of the same type, and found it met the required standard, including shrinkage.

"After being informed by the Shanghai Consumer Protection Commission of the results, Marks & Spencer Shanghai asked Intertek Group, a professional textile product testing service provider, to check some leisure wear of the same code number, and all of them passed the test," said Christy Li, marketing manager of Marks & Spencer Shanghai.

The product, priced at 99 yuan (US$15.97), is now off shelves at Marks & Spencer outlets in the city as it's a summer garment, Li said.

The commission also found a T-shirt sample bearing the brand of American footwear manufacturer New Balance and sold by E-land Shanghai Co Ltd had problems with poor color fastness to light.

The New Balance T-shirt is priced at 248 yuan.


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