Furious clothing producers in Myanmar (Burma) on Thursday hit back at calls by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) for a ban on textile and shoe exports from the military-run state.

The AAFA, which represents around 600 US footwear and clothing firms, last month asked the Bush administration to ban all such imports until the country meets "basic human and labour rights".

But the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA), which has around 400 members, today dismissed that demand saying the call was based on "groundless and false allegations".

"We firmly declare that no garment factory in Myanmar use forced labour nor child labour. All factories adhere to the existing laws and international standards," the group said in a news release.

"It also detrimentally affects the lives of 300,000 workers working in the garment factories and over one and a half million of their dependents. Therefore we call for the immediate withdrawal of the irresponsible announcement made by the AAFA."

At least 40 top US retailers have recently stopped ordering goods from Myanmar including May Department Stores Co, Mother's Work, Burlington Coat Factory, Federated Department Stores Co and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.