Goodwear admits to insufficient warning labels
Clothing retailer Goodwear Limited has pleaded guilty to 16 charges relating to missing or incorrect fire warnings and other labelling on children’s clothing, the Commerce Commission of New Zealand has confirmed.
“Between November 2016 and September 2017 Commission staff purchased 27 garments which had been supplied by Goodwear to two south Auckland retailers,” the Commission said in a statement.
“The garments were sent for testing by the New Zealand Wool Testing Authority.”
According to the Commission, eleven garment types sold by Goodwear don’t comply with the product safety standards, as eight required fire warnings labels but had none, and three had fire warning labels with incorrect wording.
Additionally, 22 garment types failed to comply with consumer information standards – including care labelling, fibre content labelling and country of origin labelling.
The Commission noted Goodwear imports clothing from China to distribute to retailers across New Zealand, and that the distributor will be sentenced on November 23rd.
The safety standards Goodwear broke are intended to prevent or reduce the risk of injury, while the consumer information standards ensure customers have correct information to inform purchasing decisions, as well as properly care for a product post-purchase.
As the matter is now before the Courts, the Commission noted it will make no further comment.