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Baby garments banned after tests

LOCAL authorities have ordered H&M stores and the Bob Dog clothing brand to stop selling items of baby clothing that failed national quality tests. A Bob Dog shirt was found to contain a high pH index that could cause a skin allergy, while an H&M coat contained insufficient fiber, said the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. The legal pH index range for children's clothes is between four and 7.5, but a Bob Dog shirt produced last December showed a reading of 9.1. The watchdog said it believed the clothes hadn't been rinsed properly after the dyeing process, leading to excessive pH index. Bob Dog was not available for comment yesterday. The watchdog also found problems with an H&M baby coat, produced late last year. The hem was supposed to be contain 100 percent polyester fiber but tests found that spandex was mixed in. H&M said it withdrew the product once it was told of the results. Meanwhile, the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said almost 20 percent of the ties, hats, gloves and scarves tested failed to meet quality standard. Problems included fiber and the pH index.

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