04 Sep 2014
China’s inspection and quarantine authorities have identified a total of 12,305 cases of below-standard clothing sold in China during the first half of 2014. 396 out of the total cases were concerning safety problems related to quality. 107, or 27% of the 396 cases were from fashion houses Forever 21, H&M, Zara and Mango.
Along with minor imperfections, authorities said that the biggest concern was found to be the incorrect PH index on some infants’ clothing, which can lead to skin problems. Furthermore, the inspection found that most of the substandard clothes were made in Italy, Vietnam, South Korea and Bangladesh.
The four brands involved in this quality control case are the epitome of big, trending fashion brands that are shortening regular manufacturing processes to get the latest and most popular styles out on the market as fast as possible. Forever 21, H&M, Zara and Mango have all been pulled up for quality problems in recent years.
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