The Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau says that since 2005, 20% of foreign imported clothes have failed quality inspections. From Shanghai Daily: “Since January this year, the bureau has examined all imported clothing – 11,575 batches of clothes worth US$228 million. A batch can contain anything from several items through to thousands. Among these, the bureau found 178 batches of substandard clothes, which were returned or destroyed. Yesterday, the bureau burned around 10,000 pieces of inferior clothing, including 99.94 kilograms of children’s clothes. The bureau declined to name the brands but disclosed that they are mainly high-grade clothes from South Korea, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Morocco, India, and Bangladesh. Major problems discovered with the substandard clothes included the use of dangerous and other illegal dyes, excessive formaldehyde, misleading fiber content and high pH index that could cause skin allergies.” This kind of report is nothing new, and always smacks of that desperate “Hey guys! Hey, look, we’re not the only ones!” feeling. In China, probably the last quality control issue we need to worry about is the Ph balance of our jeans.