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H&M, Zara stuck in quality scandals in China

(People's Daily Online)

14:25, August 10, 2012

International fast fashion brands making inroads into China have had numerous quality issues in recent years, and are not as high-quality as some imagine. H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB, a Swedish multinational retail-clothing company, was recently “blacklisted” in Shanghai again.

According to the China National Radio, the Shanghai Administration for Industry and Commerce said in a statement that 43 batches of clothing failed its recent spot check, including the clothing from famous brands such as H&M and Zara. The problems with the clothing include excessive PH levels, low color fastness, weak crack resistance, and lower fiber content than claimed as well as non-standard product identification.

The United States’ Gap, Spain’ Zara, Germany’s C&A, and Sweden’s H&M are the four most successful clothing retailers in the world. However, the clothing of H&M and other fast fashion brands have been frequently included in the lists of substandard produces in many areas in China since last year. Their problems include overly low fiber content in the lower part of infants’ jackets and excessive PH levels in knitted casual jackets. H&M’s Guangzhou stores were criticized by local business authorities last August.

Read the Chinese version:多次陷入“质量门” H&M上海又上黑榜

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