The following press release was issued by the Vaad L’mishmeres Shatnez:
Shatnez Press Release
From: Vaad L’mishmeres Shatnez
Contact: Rabbi Moshe Bresler, Executive Director
AUGUST 8, 2014
AS MANY GARMENTS ARE BEING FOUND WITH SHATNEZ INCLUDING THOSE THAT HAVE UNFORTUNATELY BEEN WORN, VAAD L’MISHMERES SHATNEZ IS RELEASING THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:
“There are at least 3 basic errors that some people have which have led them to wear shatnez.
- “Shatnez is not found in children’s or women’s clothing.”
“Wrong! Shatnez is common in women’s and children’s garments. Recently, over 30 types of sweaters were found to be shatnez; most of them were women’s! Suits and coats of women and children are also being found with shatnez.
- “Shatnez is not found in garments purchased in Jewish owned stores.”
“Wrong! Many garments sold in Jewish owned stores are found to be shatnez. As garments are manufactured in non-Jewish factories, the Shulchan Aruch mandates that these garments are obligated to be tested.
- “I don’t have to test the garment. If there is a problem, the store will let me know.”
“Wrong! Unfortunately, almost every time shatnez is found in a Jewish-owned store, some garments are unaccounted for. In addition, usually some of the garments have already been worn.”