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Zara, H&M in quality safety scare

IMPORTED clothing products from big-name overseas brands like Forever 21, Zara, H&M and Mango topped the list of failures in quality control tests conducted by inspection and quarantine authorities in the first half of this year, China’s quality watchdog said yesterday.

A total of 12,305 cases of substandard clothing were found by authorities between January and June, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China said.

Among these, 396 cases were related to substandard clothing with safety problems pertaining to quality. And the above-mentioned four brands accounted for 107, or 27.02 percent, of the 396 cases, the administration said.

It did not specify the quality safety problems found in the products during a press conference in Beijing yesterday.

However, the administration did say that mistaken or missing Chinese descriptions was cited in more than 97 percent of the 12,305 cases of substandard clothing, which had a total product value of US$47.67 million.

Most substandard clothing products were found to have been made in Italy, Vietnam, South Korea and Bangladesh.

PH index was the major problem found in imported infants’ clothing, which could lead to skin problems, it said.

Fast fashion brands, known for their current trends, fast upgrade of products, quick manufacturing process and affordable prices, have been frequently entangled in quality problems in recent years.


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