Half of the silk on sale in Beijing contains little or no silk, study finds

Panels of handmade gambiered silk are laid out to dry in Guangdong province's Shunde district. Photo: EPA

Just weeks after it emerged that Shanghai hotpot was found to contain rat meat instead of lamb, a survey in Beijing has found that half of the silk products on sale in China's capital contain little or no silk. Quilts that claimed to be filled with 100 per cent silk, including one sold under a licensed Pierre Cardin label, contained mostly synthetic polyester and viscose, the study found.

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Out of the fog

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