Some Japanese apparel companies are pulling imported cashmere products from stores after discovering that many have less cashmere content than labelled.

Some labelled "70% cashmere" goods were found to have none of the expensive wool at all.

Following inspections from the Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute in Japan earlier this year, cashmere items manufactured by a total of seven companies were found to have been mislabelled.

The revelations have led to a recall of about 850,000 items.

By Michael Fitzpatrick.