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Consumer group warns of falsely labeled silk duvets

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Cocoon silk quilts are displayed yesterday at a press conference held by the Consumers’ Foundation in Taipei.

Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

With a cold front moving in this week, the Consumers’ Foundation yesterday advised people planning to purchase cocoon silk quilts for extra warmth to pay close attention to label information, as nearly 80 percent of such products are falsely labeled.

The foundation bought 14 cocoon silk duvets at prices ranging from NT$1,980 to NT$9,800 (US$66 to US$330) from shops and department stores across the nation in August, of which 11, or 79 percent, were not labeled accurately or in accordance with requirements.

“Two of the tested quilts’ fiber contents did not in conform with their label information. One is made in China, marketed under the brand Ai Ya Nuo (艾亞諾), and the label states that it is composed 100 percent of cocoon silk, but test results show it is made from 54.9 percent rayon and only 45.1 percent cocoon silk,” foundation vice chairman Yu Kai-hsiung (游開雄) told a press conference in Taipei yesterday afternoon.

Yu said the other quilt is sold under the brand FaSon, and its exterior material is made from 100 percent rayon instead of 100 percent wood pulp fibers as it is labeled.

Other labeling irregularities include lack of washing and ironing instructions, fiber content and country of origin, Yu said, adding that all the products tested negative for free formaldehyde and prohibited azo colorants.

“Consumers are advised to purchase quilts that are labeled in detail, to evaluate the exterior material by hand and to examine whether the cocoon silk stuffed inside emits a disturbing odor,” Yu said.

Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection Deputy Director Chuang Suh-chyng (莊素琴) said manufacturers and vendors of the deficient duvets are required to recall and make necessary changes to the problematic products within a statutory period, or face a fine ranging from NT$100,000 to NT$1 million.

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