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Olympic factories face review

Factories making official merchandise for the Olympics are set to come under scrutiny after the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said it was to launch a review of manufacturing bases.

This comes after a report was published suggesting that workers making Olympic merchandise are being exploited.

A dossier published by the Playfair campaign last month found that workers in two factories in China producing Olympic merchandised toys received payment below the minimum wage that failed to cover their basic living costs.

As a result, LOCOG is now carrying out a review of factories producing London 2012 licensed products, including apparel.

Lord Coe, chairman of LOCOG, said: “As soon as we were made aware of the Playfair 2012 report, we instructed our independent monitor to carry out a comprehensive investigation and review. The outcome of this will be made public as soon as it is concluded.”

Adidas is a licensee for the Olympics and is working with 68 suppliers to produce clothing, footwear and accessories.

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