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We examine suits, jackets, trousers and shirts #CyklOdzieżowy (#ClothingCycle)

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We examine suits, jackets, trousers and shirts #CyklOdzieżowy (#ClothingCycle)
  • How much wool is in a wool jacket?  We continue #CyklOdzieżowy and publish the results of our menswear inspection. Download the report.
  • In 2021, inspectors assessed the labelling and quality of 780 batches of men's formalwear. Regrettably, the percentage of irregularities is comparable to previous years, amounting to 26 per cent.
  • We tested 100 batches in the laboratory. In 37 cases, the actual composition of the products differed from that stated on the label. See the list of contested products.

We inspected the labelling and quality of menswear available at wholesalers and retail stores. Part of the selected samples were tested in the UOKiK laboratory in ŁódĽ in order to check whether the information on the sew-in label is consistent with reality. A total of 780 batches of menswear were inspected: suits, jackets, trousers and shirts. Irregularities totalled 26 per cent. This result is comparable to previous inspections.

- Consumers are reading labels increasingly often and paying more attention to the quality of the products they buy and to the production methods used. They should know what they are actually paying for and, in this respect, trust the assurances of the seller or manufacturer. Inspections carried out by the Trade Inspection and detailed tests in the UOKiK laboratory in ŁódĽ proved that information on labels as regards the composition of clothes too often does not correspond to reality – Tomasz Chróstny, the President of UOKiK, states.

We check labels

Labels and garment labelling must be durable, legible, visible and easily accessible and securely attached. The correct marking shall include full and factual information on the composition. Furthermore, the consumer should be able to find the manufacturer's details and the product price. Inspectors contested the labelling in 167 cases, which accounts for over 21 per cent of the batches checked. The most common faults concerned the use of incorrect names, e.g. cotton instead of bawełna (cotton in Polish), and incomplete composition information, e.g. "90% cotton", "3% lycra", with no information on the fibres that make up the remaining 7 per cent. In 5 batches, the manufacturer completely omitted composition information.

True vs. declared composition

Some of the formalwear was forwarded by Trade Inspection inspectors to the UOKiK laboratory in ŁódĽ. Following our composition tests on 100 clothing batches, we found that in 37 cases the composition was not compliant with the manufacturer's claims on the label. Natural fibres, which are more expensive, were replaced by cheaper artificial and synthetic fibres.

Consequences

- Together with the Trade Inspection, we conduct regular inspections of the garments. We would like to remind you that it is one of the entrepreneurs' duties to correctly inform consumers about the composition of the product they buy. We are currently analysing the results of the tests with a view to charging entrepreneurs with the infringement of collective consumer interests – Tomasz Chróstny, the President of UOKiK, says.

It is the manufacturer's responsibility to keep consumers properly informed. The consumer has the right to know the quality of the garment being offered. For practices infringing the collective consumer interest and misleading the consumers, the President of UOKiK may impose a fine of up to 10% of the company’s turnover, regardless of sanctions imposed by the Trade Inspection Authority. So far he has fined 3 clothing manufacturers for falsifying product composition.

Should you have any objections concerning a specific good, please inform a locally competent  Trade Inspection office  or the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection.

Additional information for the media:

UOKiK Press Office
pl. Powstańców Warszawy 1, 00-950 Warszawa, Poland
Phone: 22 55 60 246
Email: [SCODE]Yml1cm9wcmFzb3dlQHVva2lrLmdvdi5wbA==[ECODE]
Twitter: @UOKiKgovPL
You can also follow us on Instagram: @uokikgovpl

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