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Foreign factory checks often flawed

Rushed or tainted reviews can omit basic problems

Inspectors came and went from a Walmart-certified factory in Guangdong province in China, approving its production of more than $2 million in specialty items that would land on Walmart’s shelves in time for Christmas.

But unknown to the inspectors, none of the playful items — including reindeer suits and Mrs. Claus dresses for dogs that were supplied to Walmart — had been manufactured at the factory.

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