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90% of commercial mattresses fail government inspections

The Consumer Protection Committee (CPC) of the Executive Yuan yesterday released the results of a labeling inspection conducted toward commercial mattresses, which concluded that 90 percent of the inspected factories do not qualify to government standards.

A random inspection was conducted in March of mattress companies in Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan County, Taichung City, Changhua County and Kaohsiung City. Of the 67 merchants inspected, only 8 brands passed the government inspection, prompting CPC Director-General Liu Ching-fang (劉清芳) to encourage consumers to pay attention to the labels of mattresses when shopping.

  Wang Teh-ming (王德明) of the CPC stated that the items listed in the label inspection includes manufacturer, size, country of origin, fiber composition and laundry processing. Of the 59 companies that failed the inspection, 44 completely lacked any information written in Mandarin on their mattresses, said Wang. The 15 other products have also been noted to have failed the fabric label regulations having no clear label on the mattress.

  Chang Chia-lin (張嘉麟) of the CPC also stated that certain companies would use labels written in Japanese or English on Taiwan-made and foreign-made mattresses to create an illusion of luxury for consumers.

 According to a representative at the Ministry of Economic Affairs Department of Commerce, any product line that had failed CPC inspections will be fined and given 45 to 60 days to rectify the problems as dictated by Article 15 of the Commodity Labeling Act. 45 of the companies that failed the inspection report to have fixed the problem as of May 25.

Used Bed Mattresses Speculated to be Resold as New

Liu also stated that of the factories inspected, certain companies are suspected of making bed mattresses out of old frames as during inspections,old bed frames and old mattresses were noticed to have been stored in some of the inspected factories.

As of right now, said Liu, five companies are under inspection by the Criminal Inspection Bureau and the Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Justice, and therefore the names of the five companies will not yet be revealed at this time.

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