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TESCO TEXTILE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS Fabric Testing Requirements

Tesco Textile Performance Standards


Part One Fabric Testing Requirements
CONFIDENTIAL- Technical Information Part 1 of 3

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Contents FABRIC TESTING & SUBMISSION


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. Statutory Obligations .......................................................................... 3 Tesco Codes of Practice .................................................................... 5 Performance Testing .......................................................................... 5 Flammability guidelines ...................................................................... 8 Burning Behavior of Childrens Nightwear ........................................ 10 Colour Fastness ............................................................................... 11 Dimensional Stability to Washing ..................................................... 11 Appearance After Washing............................................................... 12 Motif/Print Durability ......................................................................... 12 Pilling................................................................................................ 12 Seam Strength/Seam Slippage ........................................................ 13 Fibre Composition ............................................................................ 13 Bursting Strength.............................................................................. 16 Woolmark Registration ..................................................................... 16 Wadding ........................................................................................... 16 Fabric Weight ................................................................................... 17 Nickel ............................................................................................... 17 Claiming that a product is Rich ...................................................... 17 Brand Names ................................................................................... 17 Phenolic Yellowing ........................................................................... 17 Fluorescent Colours ......................................................................... 17 Restricted Dyes and Chemicals ....................................................... 18 Washed Down Garments ................................................................. 18 Zips .................................................................................................. 18 Statements / Claims ......................................................................... 18 Animal Skin / Fur .............................................................................. 19 Button pull test.................................................................................. 19 Batches ............................................................................................ 19 Colour Submission Procedures ........................................................ 19 Fabric Submission Procedures......................................................... 20 UVA and UVB Protection.................................................................. 20 pH value ........................................................................................... 20 Amendment History 21

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SCOPE This manual includes testing guidance for textile and leather materials for clothing and leather. For footwear and jewellery please refer to separate manuals.

FABRIC TESTING
Every supplier must conduct tests to show that all fabrics used in Tesco products are safe, and suitable for their intended end use. All testing must be performed by a nominated Tesco laboratory 1 accredited by a recognised National Accreditation Body. In the UK this is UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) www.ukas.com Outside of the UK only laboratories accredited by organisations that have multi-lateral agreements (MLAs), or International agreements (ILAC) with UKAS shall be permitted. (See Appendix M) Where supplier laboratories are used they should be accredited either by UKAS (or recognised equivalent), or Tesco recognises the LACE accreditation scheme for supplier laboratories/ dye houses; www.xreference.co.uk and the Lab Cert accreditation scheme (provided by MTS, contact +44 (0)113 248 8830, info@hstts.co.uk ). All accreditations must cover the scope of tests being conducted and calibration must be carried out regularly.

1. Statutory Obligations & Standard Codes of Practice


Tesco and their manufacturers have to fulfil certain statutory obligations and must ensure that their products meet the following legal requirements. Further guidance on these obligations is available in the Clothing Technical manual and in Part 4 of this manual.

Trade Descriptions Act 1968. Sale of Goods Act 1979 as amended by The Sale and Supply of Goods Act 1994. The Rag, Flock and Other Filling Regulations 1981. The Nightwear (Safety) Regulations 1985, The Nightwear (Safety) Regulations (Amendment) 1987. EN 14878: 2007 Textiles Burning behavior of childrens nightwear.

Tesco clothing testing must be carried out by Intertek or SGS. Certain supplier in house labs and specialist 3rd party labs may be used with the special permission of Tesco UK Fabric Technical Manager.

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The Textile Products (Indications of Fibre Content) Regulations 1986 including Amendments 1988, 1994, 1998, 2006. The Childrens Clothing (Hood Cords) Regulations 1976. The Consumer Protection Act 1987. The Food Imitations (Safety) Regulations 1989. Personal Protective Equipment (EC Directive) Regulations 1992.(1994) The Trade Marks Act 1994. General Product Safety Regulations 2005. Toy Safety Regulations 1995. The Footwear (Indication of Composition) Labelling Regulations 1995. The Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Nickel) (Safety) Regulations 2000. EU General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/ECsctionssubstances and Safety of Toys BS EN 71 2005 (Relevant parts depending on product) EN 1413 1998 / ISO 3071 determination of pH Council Directive 76/769/EEC, 2003/21/EC Restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations (Azo Colourants) Statutory Instrument 1993 No 1 and 2001 No 3141 (76/769EC, 91/173/EEC) (Penta Chloro Phenol) Statutory Instrument 1993 No. 1643 The Environmental Protection (Controls on Injurious Substances) (No. 2) Regulations 1993 (Cadmium) EU Directive 199/815/EC and EU Directive 2005/84/EC Restrictions on the use of certain Phthalates in toys and Childcare articles EU Council Directive 83/264/EC & 2003/11/EC being amendments to EU Council Directive 76/769/EEC Use of Flame Retardants Regulation (EC) No 1523/2007 EU Banning of Import & Sale of Cat & Dog Fur & any product containing such fur Statutory Instrument 2001 No 880 and amendments (98/8/EC) (Biocides) Statutory Instrument 2007 No 3106 amending 2006 No 608 (Persistent Organic Pollutants) Statutory Instrument No 3438 of 2007 The Controls on Dangerous Substances and Preparations (2006/122/EC)

Standard codes of practice required by Tesco: BS 7907: 2007 Code of Practice for the design and manufacture of childrens clothing to promote mechanical safety. BS EN 14682: 2007 Safety of Childrens Clothing Cords and Drawstrings on Childrens clothing specifications. BS 3084:2006 Specification for slide fasteners. EN ISO 3758:2005 Textile Care code using symbols.

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2. Tesco Codes of Practice


2.1. Flammability policy (see Appendix L)

3. Performance Testing
3.1. All components and fabrics must be tested and approved prior to cutting. Any bulk fabric cutting carried out before receipt of test reports is at the risk of the supplier. 3.2. All laboratories used for testing must be ISO 17025 approved, for the tests performed, by UKAS or an internationally mutually recognised equivalent (See Appendix M). 3.3. It is the responsibility of the supplier to ensure that all fabrics, components and trims are tested to, and meet the requirements of the Tesco Performance Standards. This should be discussed with the relevant Tesco Technical Manager at pre production stage. 3.4. Tests required are listed under Tesco Textile Performance Standards. 3.5. Tests must be relevant to care code proposed for garment. (See Tesco Textile Testing Manual Part Two Care Codes.) 3.6. The Tesco Technical Manager may request additional testing at any time. 3.7. Testing must be performed using the test methods described in the relevant testing performance standard. 3.8. Suppliers pay for all testing. 3.9. New fabrics will not be considered for use unless a base test report confirming compliance with the relevant Tesco Performance Standard has been submitted prior to the order being placed. 3.10. The fabric sent for testing must be dyed and finished as agreed with the Tesco Technical Manager (to be from bulk production).

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3.11. The responsibility for ensuring that laboratories have sufficient samples for all tests to be performed lies solely with the supplier. As a guide the minimum amount required for testing is as follows:

3.11.1. Fabric for physical tests: 2m full width, not cut from piece ends 3.11.2. Fabric for stability and colourfastness: 1m of full width of each colour way or design. 3.11.3. If Appearance after wash and Durability tests are requested, a minimum of two samples of each colour way, taken from bulk production, must be submitted. 3.12. The following information must be sent to the laboratory with fabric / garments for testing: 3.12.1. The Tesco reference number / style number. 3.12.2. Batch code to be used on ALL styles that are produced from more than one batch of fabric. 3.12.3. The name of the retail customer i.e. Tesco CE or Tesco UK. 3.12.4. The 5 wash care symbols on the label plus any additional care instructions. (See Tesco Textile Testing manual Part Two- Care Codes.) 3.12.5. The test must be clearly identified that it is for Tesco. 3.12.6. Claimed fibre composition 3.12.7. The name of the fabric colour way (as used on the Tesco contract) 3.12.8. The type of garment to be made from the fabric. 3.12.9. The Tesco performance standard to be tested against (with notification if the garment being tested has contrast fabric/ trims)

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3.13. The test reports from the test house must include a front sheet with summary of test results indicating what was tested and the pass /fail result. 3.14. Test results must show the relevant Tesco standards alongside results i.e. contrast colour standards where applicable. 3.15. Test report results should be factual and objective against standard. 3.16. The supplier must send an original Test Report (photocopies, electronic copies and faxed copies are not acceptable) to the Tesco Technical Manager with the green seal samples for approval. If it is a Self Green Approved Supplier, then the test reports do not need to be submitted but must be available on request and any failures must be reported to the Technical Manager immediately. 3.17. Copies and original test reports should be held by the supplier for a minimum of 6 years. Tesco reserve the right to audit test reports held by suppliers at any time. 3.18. Repeat Orders: In order to comply with Tesco minimum legal requirements a satisfactory test report must be submitted to the Technical Manager every 6 months. It is the suppliers responsibility to ensure that each new batch of bulk fabric is tested, and kept on file, we only require to see tests every 6 months. 3.19. No test report submitted should be over 6 months old (confirmed by date on report). 3.20. Test Failures- suppliers should work with the fabric supplier and improve the fabric before re-testing. At this stage the Tesco Technical Manager only needs to be informed if this action will impact on the delivery date. 3.21. When the fabric cannot be improved and the decision to accept or reject must be made, the test report with the laboratory-tested specimens must be sent to the Tesco Technical Manager for the decision. 3.22. Refinished fabrics: If a fabric is refinished to improve a test result, the refinished fabric must be completely re-tested to ensure that no other properties have been affected by the remedial work.

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3.23. Base test reports: these MUST be provided if the fabric being proposed is a new fabric that we do not have history on, it is to ensure any potential problems are highlighted early in the development process so they can be resolved without impact on delivery. Base testing must be carried out prior to placing of contracts. A wearer trial may also be requested at this stage. If a base test report is requested Tesco expect the following: Test report no older than 6mths Test report to be tested on same quality, not correct colour way. Test report should include all physical tests and dimensional stability. Test report must be from an accredited lab, but can be an existing report used for another retailer.

General Specifications 4. Flammability guidelines


4.1. The regulations: The Nightwear (Safety) Regulations 1985 makes it an offence to sell children's nightwear unless it complies or has been treated so it can achieve the flammability performance requirements of British Standard (BS) 5722. It also lays down labelling requirements so that purchasers can tell if other nightwear, including adults, meet the flammability requirements or not. 4.2. Childrens nightwear: All children's nightwear must comply with the flammability performance requirements of BS 5722. Children's nightwear means:

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4.2.1. Anything designed for wear by, and that would normally be worn by, a person under the age of 13 years or over 3 months 4.2.2. Night dresses with a chest measurement between 53cm and 91cm or length measurement not exceeding 122 cm 4.2.3. Dressing gowns where the chest measurement does not exceed 97 cm or the sleeve measurement does not exceed 69 cm 4.3. The above items must comply with BS5722 and have a permanent label stating LOW FLAMMABILITY TO BS 5722 (in black 10 point, upper case letters) 4.4. The test method for Flammability requires a garment representative of bulk including all correct trims to be submitted for testing. 4.5. The regulations do not include: 4.5.1. Babies' garments (under 3months) 4.5.2. Pyjamas 4.5.3. 100% cotton terry towelling bath robes 4.5.4. Adult nightwear. 4.6. These garments must have a permanent label attached stating if the garment complies with BS 5722. 4.7. If any of the garments not included in the legislation do not meet the requirements they must have a label printed in red, 10 point, upper case letters KEEP AWAY FROM FIRE. 4.8. Any nightwear treated with flame-retardant chemicals must also have a label that states "DO NOT WASH AT MORE THAN 50C. CHECK SUITABILITY OF WASHING AGENT". 4.9. Position of labels: The labels described above must be permanent and either be on the inside neck of the garment, or next to the label giving the size of the garment or on the front of the size label itself.

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4.10. Please note the above guidance is intended for suppliers and offers practical advice. It is not a definitive statement of the law. For further guidelines for use of Keep away from fire labelling see Appendix L.

5. Burning Behavior of Childrens Nightwear


Specification: EN 14878: 2007 Textiles Type of nightwear Babies nightwear for babies up to age 3 months Childrens (6 months up to 14 years) pyjamas Standard used Requirements No requirement EN 14878 520 mm trip thread not severed in less than 10 s Pile and raised surface fabrics No surface flash + design requirements of EN14878 EN 14878 520 mm trip thread not severed in less than 15 s Pile and raised surface fabrics No surface flash BS 5722:1984 300 mm trip thread not severed in less than 25 s 600 mm trip thread not severed in less than 50 s EN 14878 Pile and raised surface fabrics No surface flash EN 14878 520 mm trip thread not severed in less than 15 s BS 5722:1984 300 mm trip thread not severed in less than 25 s 600 mm trip thread not severed in less than 50 s EN 14878 Pile and raised surface fabrics No surface flash EN 14878 520 mm trip thread not severed in less than 15 s & Pile and raised surface fabrics No surface flash EN 14878 520 mm trip thread not severed in less than 15 s Pile and raised surface fabrics No surface flash EN 14878 / As applicable BS 5722:1984

Childrens (6 months up to 14 years) pyjamas where pyjamas do not meet the design requirements of EN14878 Childrens (3 months up to 13 years) nightdresses

Childrens (13 years) nightdresses Childrens (3 months up to 13 years) dressing gowns Childrens (13 years) dressing gowns Childrens (3 months up to 13 years) 100% Cotton Terry Towelling bathrobes Babies and childrens nightwear not listed above

5.1. Specifies the flammability performance requirements for Childrens nightwear throughout Europe, however in the UK the requirements will only apply where the levels of flammability performance specified are higher than those of the UK Nightwear Safety Regulations 5.2. Requirements are divided in to 3 classes. Class A Childrens Pyjamas that do not meet the design criteria Class B Childrens Pyjamas meeting the specified design criteria Class C Babies Nightwear

5.3. The test method for flammability requires base fabrics to be tested.

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5.4. A risk assessment should be undertaken as part of garment design taking into account factors such as the following: 5.5. Trims, motifs and prints may change the burning characteristics of a garment, potentially reducing the level of safety offered by the basic fabric class. 5.6. Where an aspect of design is considered to have a potential impact on the flammability of the garment and injury to the wearer, action should be taken to modify the design. 5.7. Garments must have a label printed in red, 10 point, upper case letters KEEP AWAY FROM FIRE. 5.8. Position of labels: The labels must be permanent and either be on the inside neck of the garment, or next to the label giving the size of the garment or on the front of the size label itself.

6. Colour Fastness
6.1. All colourfastness to washing tests must be tested at the wash temperature on the garment technical label with a minimum of 40C. Drying instructions as per care label. 6.2. Wet and dry rubbing to be tested both ways. Especially on: Pile fabrics: test face and back. Corduroy fabrics: test face and back. Pigment dyed fabrics: test face and back

6.3. Garments with contrast fabrics and trims must achieve the higher staining result of 4-5, as highlighted in test standards.

7. Dimensional Stability to Washing


7.1. Test at the temperature stated on the garment technical label with a minimum of 40C. Drying instructions as per care label.

7.2. An iron can only be used where the inherent creasing of the sample would cause inaccurate measurements. Some fabrics (particularly if the care instructions on the technical label are iron whilst damp) will recover a significant amount of their shrinkage after ironing.

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7.2.1. If a sample has been ironed, results must be reported before ironing and after, and be stated clearly on the report.

8. Appearance After Washing


8.1. Test at wash care code on garment technical label. 8.2. Ensure all care instructions on technical label are adhered to. 8.3. Type A IEC detergent to be used. 8.4. Perform relevant washing tests using fully constructed garments from bulk production. 8.5. Each colourway must be tested. 8.6. When the laboratory perceives a borderline result against the standard, the sample must be returned to the client in order that it can be forwarded to the Tesco Technical Manager for a decision on its suitability for use for Tesco (See Appendix B). The decision to approve a borderline case is the sole responsibility of Tesco Technical Manager, not the testing laboratory or supplier. 8.7. See Appendix B for test method.

9. Motif/Print Durability
9.1. See Appendix C for test method. 9.2. When the laboratory perceives a borderline, or significant change, the sample must be returned to their client in order that it can be forwarded to the Tesco Technical Manager for a decision on its suitability for use (See Appendix C). The decision to approve a borderline case is the sole responsibility of Tesco Technical Manager, not the testing laboratory or supplier.

10. Pilling
10.1. Not applicable to 100% cotton, 100% wool, and fabrics constructed completely from continuous filament yarns. 10.2. Tests specimens to be washed by laboratory before testing.

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10.3. For polar fleece and fleece face fabrics, see Appendix G for test method.

11. Seam Strength/Seam Slippage


11.1. Laboratory seams are used for testing. Supplier must ensure that production seams are at least as strong as a standard laboratory seam.

12. Fibre Composition


12.1. Textile products/garments with trims must be labelled in accordance with the requirements of The Textile Products (Indications of Fibre Content) Regulations 1986 and subsequent amendments. Collars, cuffs etc. that are an integral and/or functional component and should be labelled in accordance with these requirements. 12.2. Tesco classify that a trim is a functional/integral part of a garment without this component the garment would not be fit for purpose. 12.2.1. Trims that need to be labelled: A collar that buttons. Neck rib attached by a seam. Lace that joins two parts of a garment without a backing fabric. 12.3. Tesco classify that a trim is not any added component forming an non-integral/non-functional part of the garment. 12.3.1. Trims that do not need to be labelled: Shirring elastic. Rib bindings at neck or cuff. Laid on tape. Collar - on a collar and reverse construction.

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12.3.2. Exclusive of trims (Code 161) should be added to the technical label where the fibre comp of a trim is not used. 12.4. Any fibre composition named on the technical label or packaging must be substantiated by an approved test report. Printing of care labels without a test report is at the risk of the supplier. 12.5. Bras: Fibre composition of wings and cups must be stated. Wire casing, elastics and straps are not included 12.6. The fibre composition quoted on the label must be accurate to 3% against the test report result. (See The Textile Products (indications of fibre content) Regulations1986) Tesco regulates theres no minus tolerance for elastic fiber for whole clothing product, with exception of Socks & Hosiery category. 12.7. Socks apart from the elastication in the welt, all fibres must be quoted. This includes the reinforcement yarn and all the yarns in the design. Size tested to be stated on the report, the following sizes should be selected for testing; Mens size 9-11 Ladies one size Childrens size 9-12 12.8. Marls - Each marl colour must be analysed for fibre composition. All fibres found must be stated. Where marls and solid colours are ordered, one solid colour must be tested in addition to each colour of marl. 12.9. Pile Fabrics velour, velvet, fake fur etc. where the fibre composition is different, the face must be quoted separately from the back e.g. face 100% cotton, back 100% nylon. 12.10. Non-textile coating on fabrics e.g. PVC/PU Face and back to be stated separately i.e. Outer: PVC, Back: nylon. 12.11. See Appendix K for list of permissible fibre names.

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12.13 The table below illustrates the criteria for supporting claims relating to fibre composition:
Claim PURE ALL 100% It is required that the named fibre is 55% or over by weight of the total content OR The named fibre is the predominant fibre and 25% or over of the total content. The full fibre content indication must be given in close proximity May only be used if the product is entirely made from that fibre type (except for fibres listed in 'Table 1' below) Regulation

BLEND

RICH

It is required that the named fibre is 55% or over by weight of the total content

CONTAINS WITH A TOUCH OF It is required that the named fibre is 10% or over by weight of the total content. The full fibre content indication must be given in close proximity

Table 1

Fibres that can be disregarded when determining the fibre content of a fabric

Inadvertent impurities arising during manufacture provided they do not exceed 2% by weight of the fabric (or 5% by weight of impurities if the yarn used to make the fabric was produced by carding the fibres before spinning) This allowance may be added to the 3% manufacturing tolerance between declared & actual content if the impurities are of the same chemical group as any of the fibres named on the fibre content label. Fibres which are intended purely to produce a decorative effect, and which are visible and distinct, provided they do not exceed 7% by weight of the product Up to 0.3% of fibrous impurities in a fibre described as 'fleece wool' or 'virgin wool'

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13. Bursting Strength


13.1. Applicable to knitted fabrics only. 13.2. Not applicable to filament yarns. 13.3. 30mm diaphragm to be used

14. Woolmark Registration


14.1. AII 100% Pure New Wool, and wool-blended garments must meet the IWS Test Method Number 31. Only Licensed Registered Test Houses are qualified to perform these tests a list is available from the IWS (International Wool Secretariat). 14.2. All manufacturers must state their woolmark registration number on garment labels and packaging. 14.3. Cashmere labelling-Fibre composition testing of cashmere is to be conducted by a laboratory approved by the CCMI (Cashmere and camel manufacturers institute). 14.4. In order to show compliance with The Textile products (Indication of fibre) Content Regulations 1986 the supplier must substantiate any specific wool type claim with a fibre comp test conducted at a licensed laboratory. Consult Tesco Technical manager for an up to date list of licensed animal fibre analysts.

15. Wadding
15.1. Wadding fibres must not percolate through either the lining or outer fabrics after the garment has undergone washing and Appearance after washing tests. A suitable scrim/ fabric coating/ heat seal must be agreed in advance with the Tesco Technical Manager. 15.2. The weight of the wadding must be agreed in advance with the Tesco Technical Manager.

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16. Fabric Weight


16.1. All fabrics must weigh within +/-3% conditioned, +/-5% unconditioned of the specified weight in g/m2.

17. Nickel
17.1. Any metallic item (eg. Rivet, buckle etc), that comes in to direct contact with the skin, must comply with the EU Nickel Directive. Refer to the Clothing Technical Manual.

18. Claiming that a product is Rich


18.1. Garments for sale in the UK making a claim must have a minimum of 55% of the fibre e.g. 55% cotton can be labelled as cotton rich.

19. Brand Names


E.g. Dupont Lycra Elastane, Tencel, Teflon, Scotchguard 19.1. For any product intended to carry a registered trade mark supporting documentation confirming its authenticity must be submitted to the Tesco Technical Manager. 19.2. Fibre composition MUST be tested prior to application of finish. 19.3. All bulk fabrics with a performance finish must be tested to substantiate the claimed properties.

20. Phenolic Yellowing


20.1. This test is applicable for all white garments and trims. Tesco Technical Manager may ask for the test on other items if necessary.

21. Fluorescent Colours


21.1. Garments in fluorescent colours may not meet Tesco colourfastness requirements. The supplier must make Tesco aware of this prior to the order being confirmed. The buyer and TM will agree the standard acceptable prior to the order

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being placed using the end use of the product and industry colour standards as a guide. Unless this procedure is followed the published Tesco Performance Standards will apply.

22. Restricted Dyes and Chemicals


22.1. Suppliers are responsible for obtaining a declaration of conformity (as per Tesco Restricted Substances Code of Practice for Textiles, document 391) from fabric manufacturers/dyers. These must be available for inspection by the Technical Managers at audit, or at any other time requested and must be within a 6 month time period.

23. Washed Down Garments


23.1. Representative washed and processed garments must be submitted for testing. 23.2. Stone washing is not acceptable for childrens garments (up to 14yrs). This is because there is a risk of small stones being caught in the garment, becoming a choking hazard.

23.3. The pH of the fabric must be balanced or neutral so that the fabric performance is not effected and so that there are no chemicals left in the fabric that could cause an irritation.

24. Zips
24.1. All zips must conform to BS3084: 2006, table 1. The performance code and test numbers required are dependent on end use, therefore these are specified by the Technical Manager.

25. Statements / Claims


25.1. Any statements / claims made on merchandise must be substantiated independently by relevant tests. These will be required at the discretion of the Tesco Technical Manager i.e. Teflon coated, down filled, non-iron.

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26. Animal Skin / Fur


26.1. Leather and suede components/trims must only be made from conventionally used species, including, but not exclusively cow, sheep, pig, or goatskin. The use of any animal designated as endangered by CITES (*) or domestic pets such as cats and dogs is prohibited. Animal fur is not acceptable to TESCO; synthetic alternatives must be used (i.e. polyester or modacrylic for flame resistance). *CITES = Convention in Trade of Endangered Species 26.2 For further detail refer to Tesco Code of Practise for Leather Goods.

27. Button pull test


27.1. Test 10 of each type of button/ type of foundation and report if any one of the 10 fail. Total spread of results for the 10 should be no greater than 20N.

28. Batches
28.1. All batches are to be tested for Dimensional stability. All Batches to have a test report confirming consistency across the batches to the original standard, reports can be from nominated test house or from in house laboratory.

29. Colour Submission Procedures


29.1. For Colour Submission Procedures please refer to the Tesco Colour Manual.

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30. Fabric Submission Procedures


30.1. Checking fabric quality and consistency accurately before production begins will save time, effort and money. All suppliers must submit a Bulk fabric hanger and specification to the buyer for approval before any fabric can be cut for production. Refer to appendix A for the fabric specification document.

31. UVA and UVB Protection


31.1. Any fabrics/products claiming to have UV solar protective properties must meet a UPF of 40+ and must be validated with a test to BS EN 13758-1:2002 and labelled in accordance with BS EN 13758-2:2003 and designed within accordance of part 2.

32. pH value
32.1. The pH value of finished goods must fall within the maximum permitted range of 4.8 to 7.5 in accordance with BS EN 1413 : 1998 / ISO3071. 32.2. The pH value of leather goods must be a minimum of 3.2 and a test report must be available to substantiate this. This is due to the acidic nature of leather tanning.

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33. Amendment History This page is used to note minor amendments to part 1 of the manual following launch. Section 11 Introduction 12 Change Laboratory seams to be used Contact details of MTS UK added Add Tesco requirement on elastic fiber tolerance Date 02/09/09 11/11/09 28/01/2010

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