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Sweater brands misrepresent labels

23
Feb '11
As revealed under the recent inspections carried out by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection, over fifty percent of the knit sweaters that are vended in Taiwan bear erroneous labels with regard to the kind of material used in their manufacturing.

The Bureau officers, for the purpose of inspection bought 20 knit sweaters from different departmental outlets, supermarkets and retail sales outlets and discovered that, around 60 percent of the 20 sweaters did not contain the materials as indicated on their labels.

The Bureau stated that all the goods with labels providing misleading information, which infringed the Commodity-Labelling Act, were made in China.

Most of these sweaters with fake labels claim to be containing a significant proportion of natural fibres like wool, which considerably boost the value of these products and help fetch higher prices. But, actually the products are prepared from low-cost man-made fibres like, acrylic and nylon.

A China-made sweater brand which is being vended at a luxury outwear outlet in Greater Taichung, claims to be made of 80 percent cotton and 20 percent acrylic, but inspections showed that the product actually contained 30.3 percent of nylon and 69.7 percent rayon.

Further, one more sweater brand, this too manufactured in China, claims to be containing 65 percent cotton and 35 percent polyester, but then the tests revealed that the product contains 19.5 percent cotton, while the rest is constituted of low-cost polyester yarns.

The Bureau has directed the producers of these cheap products to take them away from the market, as the producers of these goods were placed under scrutiny list with directions to either improve their product quality or to be ready to face penalty somewhere between NT$30,000 and NT$300,000.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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