Criticism of Chinese and Western brand toys and clothes as dangerous


Beijing (AP) — The Chinese government has accused brands such as H & M, Nike, and Zara of importing unsafe or low-quality children’s clothing and other merchandise. ..

To commemorate this week’s International Children’s Day, Customs has released a list of 16 “unrecognized quality and safety” products, including T-shirts, toys and toothbrushes.

The announcement is a setback for foreign brands attacked by state media in March after government and human rights groups have accused the government of forced labor in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in northwestern China.

A year ago, state television issued a statement not to use new cotton from cotton, calling for a boycott of H & M. Official media has published criticisms of others for expressing concern about the possibility of forced labor.

H & M’s products have been removed from China’s e-commerce platform, and the app store has removed apps from its companies Nike and Adidas. Celebrities withdrew from endorsement contracts.

Product safety has become particularly sensitive in China following scandals on contaminated, poor or counterfeit milk, medicines, and other products that have killed or injured consumers.

The camp in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region holds about 1 million Muslim minority groups. Chinese officials have been accused of forced sterilization and mosque destruction.

Chinese officials have denied reports of abuse, saying the camp is for vocational training to promote economic development and combat extremism. Authorities are pressing foreign companies to refuse to report forced labor, saying that the new brands Uighur Autonomous Region should be looked more carefully.

Foreign brands usually respond to pressure to adopt the ruling Communist position on key issues, but human rights are also sensitive to foreign consumers.

In the customs announcement, there was no mention of the new ji or criticism of foreign companies. It noted that clothing and toys contained potentially dangerous dyes and other chemicals, and that shoes and toothbrushes did not meet the strength and flexibility standards of the material.

Distributors listed T-shirts imported by Nike Inc., Zara brand children’s and baby clothing from Industria de Diseno Textil SA, and children’s clothing from the H & M Group. The item will be returned or destroyed.

Nike, Zara, and H & M did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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General Administration of Customs of China: www.customs.gov.cn

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