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Uniqlo shirts blocked by US customs over Xinjiang labor suspicions

China denies forced labor is used in supply chain for raw cotton

An employee folds a shirt at a Uniqlo store in Tokyo.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- A shipment of shirts for the Uniqlo casualwear chain was blocked from entering the U.S. in January on suspicion they were made with forced labor in China's Xinjiang region, it was revealed Wednesday, prompting a denial from Japanese parent company Fast Retailing.

A Customs and Border Protection document dated May 10 shows that the agency confiscated the shirts at the Port of Los Angeles, suspecting they were made by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

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