New Zea­land: Good­wear Lim­ited found guilty of vi­o­lat­ing safety rules

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Safety is one of the most im­por­tant as­pects in kids or chil­dren­wear. But, some com­pa­nies still over­look the mat­ter, de­spite strict rules and reg­u­la­tion in place. New Zea­land-based Good­wear Lim­ited is one such ex­am­ple. The com­pany has been found guilty of sell­ing clothes that didn’t have cor­rect fire warn­ings. The com­pany that im­ports ap­par­els from China and sup­plies them to out­lets across New Zea­land will be charged in Novem­ber for 16 vi­o­la­tions of the Fair Trad­ing Act.

Ac­cord­ing to the Com­merce Com­mis­sion, all charges are un­der the Fair Trad­ing Act 1986, re­lat­ing to 22 dif­fer­ent chil­dren gar­ments. Good­wear sup­plied or of­fered to sup­ply sev­eral hun­dred units of these non-com­pli­ant gar­ments be­tween 1 July 2016 and 30 Oc­to­ber 2017. Dur­ing Novem­ber 2016 and Septem­ber 2017, the Com­mis­sion staff pur­chased 27 gar­ments which had been sup­plied by Good­wear to two south Auck­land re­tail­ers, and the gar­ments were sent for test­ing by the New Zea­land Wool Test­ing Au­thor­ity. There were 22 gar­ment types which failed to com­ply with at least one of the con­sumer in­for­ma­tion stan­dards, which in­clude care la­belling, fi­bre con­tent la­belling, and coun­try of ori­gin la­belling re­quire­ments, the Com­merce Com­mis­sion said.

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