The study, which was published by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), highlights the dangers counterfeit products pose to consumers.
AAFA has worked with international total quality assurance provider Intertek to test counterfeit products for a range of hazardous chemicals and heavy metals. Publishing a summary of the lab’s review findings, AAFA says that of the 47 counterfeit items tested, 17 products failed to meet safety standards.
“The products that failed our study contained dangerous levels of arsenic, cadmium, phthalates, lead, etc., which have been shown to cause adverse health effects. Even small amounts can pose significant health risks,” said Steve Lamar, AFOA President and CEO.
“AAFA and our members are dedicated to protecting consumers, defending American intellectual property, creating American jobs, and protecting workers around the world. Our members go above and beyond to protect the health and safety of our consumers by ensuring their products are safe. Counterfeits put all of that at risk, hurting consumers, hurting businesses and destroying jobs.
“There is a truly astonishing prevalence of dangerous counterfeits popping up every minute of every day, even on the most trusted e-commerce and social media platforms. That’s why AAFA works with Congress and U.S. government agencies — including the U.S. Trade Representative, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and more. – to sound the alarm and develop effective policies to raise public awareness. raising awareness, improving tools to fight illicit and counterfeit products, and empowering e-commerce and social media platforms.
All hazardous chemicals found in the counterfeit products tested are listed on the AAFA’s Restricted Substances List (RSL). For over 15 years, the AAFA has published and regularly updated the AAFA RSL, an open industry resource and trusted tool that lists all banned and restricted chemicals and substances for finished apparel, footwear , accessories and home textile products.
AAFA supports two complementary bills currently before Congress to combat counterfeiting, the SHOP SAFE Act and the INFORM Consumers Act.
Last month, the AAFA claimed that the 2021 US review of notorious counterfeiting and piracy markets had missed an opportunity to hold a number of major counterfeiting platforms accountable.