BSMI publishes baby and infant hat inspection results BSMI, MOEA January 28, 2019

Baby and infant hats not only serve the purpose of keeping the sun, wind and coldness off infants' heads, but also add fashion in the outfit. To ensure product safety, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) initiated an inspection on 12 baby and infant hats randomly bought from clothing shops and department stores in the first quarter of 2018. Inspection results show that although all items are in conformity with the quality specifications, four items failed the "Chinese labeling" standards. A. Inspection standards The inspection is done according to the following standards and requirements. 1) "Free formaldehyde" and "Prohibited azo colourants" were done according to CNS 15290 "Safety of textiles (General requirements)". 2) Fiber composition and content were done according to CNS 2339-1 "Method of test for fiber mixtures of textiles - Part 1: Testing methods for fiber identification" and CNS 2339-2 "Method of test for fiber mixtures of textiles - Part 2: Quantitative analysis". 3) Chinese labeling inspection was conducted according to "Labeling Criteria for Apparel and Garments". B. Inspection results The inspection results are as follows. 1) Quality inspection: All items passed the free formaldehyde and prohibited azo colourants inspection specifications. 2) Chinese labeling: 2.1 General labeling: four items (number 1, 4, 8 and 11) failed because of the following reasons. 2.1.1 Washing symbol was not indicated temperature (number 1). 2.1.2 The name of originating country was not indicated in traditional Chinese (number 4) . 2.1.3 Manufacturer's telephone number was not indicated (number 8). 2.1.4 Fiber composition and content were not indicated (number 11). 2.2 With regard to the fiber content of one item (number 4), the information on the label was not consistent with the inspection results. According to "abeling Criteria for Apparel and Garments" the percentage by weight difference should be within 3%. C. Follow-up procedures The BSMI said that baby and infant hats are not subject to obligatory inspection. The four items (number 1, 4, 8 and 11) that did not meet the "Labeling Criteria for Apparel and Garments" will be dealt with according to the Commodity Labeling Act by the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Central Region Office. D. Precautions when purchasing baby and infant hats The BSMI said that manufacturers are responsible for product safety and correct labeling. Consumers are also urged to pay attention to the following precautions when purchasing infant hats. 1) Make sure that the product comes with a clear, detailed label that contains the following information 1.1 For domestic-made goods, the name, telephone and address of local manufacturers; for imported goods, the name, telephone and address of importers. 1.2 Size or measurements. 1.3 The name of originating country. (the country where the product is mainly manufactured) 1.4 Fiber contents (or the filling composition) 1.5 The care instructions. The following symbols should be included: washing, bleaching, drying, ironing and professional textile care. 2) When choosing baby and infant hats, touch to feel the texture. Do not purchase if the hat has a pungent smell. Read carefully the warning label and care label. Wash before wearing to decrease the chemical residues on the hat. 3) Pay attention to the suggested age of use or head size, warning label and method of use. Buy age-appropriate hats to prevent avoidable dangers. The BSMI reminds consumers that more knowledge you have about the products you are buying means more safety. For more information, please visit the BSMI Product Safety Internet at or call the toll free number of 0800-007123.