If you cast a gimlet eye at made-in-China merch, you might need to append a few more places to your blacklist, according to a story in China Daily. In a random sampling of department stores and boutiques in the southeastern province of Zhejiang, Chinese inspectors discovered that a staggering 60 percent of clothes made outside of China suffered from poor colorfastness or high levels of acid or formaldehyde—including products from high-end fashion houses.
Among the labels that failed quality-control tests are marquee names like Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss, Hermes, Trussardi, and Versace. These clothes, warn the government-run (cough) newspaper, “could have caused skin rashes, eye irritations, allergies, respiratory problems, and even cancer.”
The clothes could have caused skin rashes, allergies, respiratory problems, and even cancer, officials said.
Ranging from jeans and tees to sweaters and suits, the offending garments were manufactured in Italy, Morocco, Korea, France, Turkey, Vietnam, and India before they were imported to China, according to officials, who further noted that some were labeled incorrectly.
The Zhejiang Provincial Administration for Industry & Commerce has ordered for the dud duds to be recalled and the retailers fined. The labels themselves suffer no consequences because they’re not registered as businesses in China. Is that like diplomatic immunity, but for chinos?
[Via The Telegraph]