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Chinese Customs Accuse Nike, Zara, H&M of Selling Substandard Clothes

Shoppers carry Zara and H&M bags in London, UK. Getty Images.
Shoppers carry Zara and H&M bags. Getty Images.

Chinese authorities have alleged that a number of Western fashion brands are selling substandard children’s products, including clothing, South China Morning Post reports.

The announcement marks the latest chapter in the ongoing rift between China’s government and Western fashion brands after the likes of H&M and Nike disavowed the alleged use of forced labour in China’s Xinjiang region, drawing backlash and calls for boycotts in the mainland.

In a notice published online, the country’s General Administration of Customs said it confiscated, destroyed or returned products including apparel, footwear and toys found in 81 batches of imported childrenswear, following quality checks conducted between last June and May 2021.

Batches of clothing from H&M, Zara and Nike were said to have contained harmful dyes, the Post wrote, adding that similar problems were found with Gap and Gu (Uniqlo’s sister brand) products.

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