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Company fined for selling 'Made in Scotland' cashmere made in China

The company behind a chain of souvenir stores in Edinburgh has been fined £4,500 for selling cashmere garments made in China, when the label on the shelf said they were manufactured in Scotland.

Gold Brothers, which has been in business for almost thirty years, pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to supplying and offering cashmere garments which “had a misleading statement of geographical origin”.

It sold teh mis-labelled garments between August 27 2009 and September 15 2009 at the Abercrombie Cashmere shop in the Royal Mile, according to The Scotsman. It was its only store to have had inaccurate labelling.

Reports said that investigations with the UK supplier revealed that Gold Brothers knew the goods were made from outside of Scotland. An employee in the store on Edinburgh Royal Mile knew the labels were inaccurate but failed to remove them.

The court heard that the shelf had previously held items made in Scotland but the labels had not been removed when the Chinese garments were put on display.

Gold Brothers trades from about 15 stores, mainly from souvenir shops, in Scotland.

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