Target Refunding Almost $90 Million Over Fake Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Getty Images A newly-opened Target store built on land where the notorious Cabrini-Green housing project once stood is shown on Oct. 10, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois.
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A newly-opened Target store built on land where the notorious Cabrini-Green housing project once stood is shown on Oct. 10, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois.

Target Corp. is refunding millions of dollars worth of sheets after finding a textile supply company was pawning off phony fabrics as luxurious Egyptian-cotton.

Approximately 750,000 sheets and pillowcases manufactured by Welspun India Ltd. were labeled to be 500-thread count Egyptian cotton, Bloomberg reports, but found to be a knockoff instead.

“After an extensive investigation, we recently confirmed that Welspun substituted another type of non-Egyptian cotton when producing these sheets between August 2014 and July 2016,” Target announced Friday.

The Minneapolis-based retailer has since pulled all Welspun products – sold under labels Fieldcrest and Crowning Touch – from its stores and website.

“Neither Target nor Fieldcrest had any knowledge of this substitution,” the company said in a statement. “These sheets were produced by a number of vendors and only one of those vendors was substituting product.”

Falsely labeled products were sold for as much as $175 per set, Business Insider reports, amounting in $90 million in potential refunds for Target.

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