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WASHINGTON - Leading US retail giant Wal-Mart is being sued by a group of consumers who claim the company continued to sell products falsely labelled as having been made with 100 per cent Egyptian Cotton from Indian textile business Welspun India for many years after it first became suspicious of their origin. The plaintiff, Dorothy Monahan of Michigan, claims Wal-Mart questioned the fibre content of Welspun India products as early as 2008, but waited until only recently to stop sales of its incorrectly labelled Egyptian cotton bed linens. If the action is successful it potentially paves the way for further, similar actions in the textile market and places the onus firmly on retailers to prove that the cotton they use in their products is correctly labelled with regards to origin.

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