Fur flies over pom-poms

The Times (South Africa) - - News - — Staff re­porter

● Pom-poms on chil­dren’s T-shirts be­ing sold by Wool­worths have been found to con­tain an­i­mal fur — prompt­ing a prod­uct re­call by the re­tailer.

The chain‚ which prides it­self on be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally aware‚ has pledged to step up its checks on an­i­mal wel­fare and to im­prove its con­trols and test­ing to en­sure this does not hap­pen again.

A to­tal of 1 276 of the af­fected T-shirts have been sold al­ready.

They are the Flamingo Tee sizes 2-9, Lets Roll Tee sizes 9-15 and Milk­shake Tee sizes


Shop­pers will be given a full re­fund if they re­turn the shirts to a Woolies store.

Wool­worths poli­cies state that no an­i­mal fur may be used in any of its prod­ucts.

An­nounc­ing the prod­uct re­call‚ Wool­worths said on Wed­nes­day it had been alerted to the po­ten­tial use of an­i­mal fur in the pom-pom trims on three chil­dren’s T-shirts.

“With im­me­di­ate ef­fect‚ the prod­uct was re­moved off the shelf‚ pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“In­de­pen­dent test­ing was com­mis­sioned and has con­firmed that the fi­bre used in the pom-pom trim is in­deed an­i­mal fur.

“. . . We would like to sin­cerely apol­o­gise to our cus­tomers for this dis­ap­point­ing in­ci­dent. This does not re­flect the high stan­dards we have set for our­selves.”

Wool­worths said its an­i­mal wel­fare poli­cies formed part of its con­trac­tual agree­ments with its sup­pli­ers to which they were ob­li­gated to ad­here.

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