Fur flies over pom-poms
● 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.