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Well-known makes of kids' clothes fail tests

CHILDREN'S clothing bearing some international labels sold locally have failed the authorities' latest inspection, quality watchdogs said yesterday.

The Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision tested 93 batches of children's garments, covering almost all the main manufacturers in the city. A total of 17 batches were reported to have problems. Popular brands such as Zara and Disney featured on the low-quality list.

A Zara shirt was found to contain less fiber than it said on its label, while a Disney T-shirt and a pair of Jacadi shorts had a high pH index, which could lead to skin allergies, the bureau said.

Officials said the pH index, which measures acidity, should be no higher than 7 for clothes that come into contact with the skin. Substandard dye or materials can cause a high pH.

"If parents are concerned that the pH index may be higher than the proper scale, they should wash the clothes first before wearing," said Shen Weimin, deputy director of the bureau. "The water washes away the harmful substance on the clothes."

The companies were not available for comment yesterday.

Problem products have been removed from the shelves, officials said.

According to China Central Television, a recent quality test carried out by the Beijing Consumer Association showed that 21 percent of 63 groups of children's garment samples produced or sold by 47 companies nationwide had problems with color fastness, formaldehyde content and pH.

Shanghai Okaidi Co Ltd, a branch of France's Idgroup, failed tests for color fastness.


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