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Children's clothing fails safety standards for drawstrings, chemicals

2014-06-03 16:00 Shanghai Daily Web Editor: Si Huan

Close to 10 percent of drawstrings on children's clothing in China fail to meet standards and pose a danger, experts at a world-leading German-based testing facility warned on Tuesday.

Chinese parents should not buy garments with drawstrings for children under 7 years old because of the risk of strangulation if they are caught on equipment at home or on playgrounds.

Experts also sounded an alarm about potentially harmful chemicals on kids' clothing. "Don't buy clothes with a strong smell or very dark color for children," said Zhou Peirong from TUV Rheinland's textile products, toy and chemistry service laboratory. "About 3 percent of children's clothes we tested in China fail to meet the standard on formaldehyde."

Risks from drawstrings and decorations on children's clothing are ignored too often by Chinese parents, who need to pay special attention to safety, said experts from TUV Rheiland (Shanghai) Co.

China worked out a draft agreement on children's textile product standards last year with the United States and European Union. The draft contains testing requirements on drawstrings and other decorations, heavy metal and inflammability.

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