A 100% Virgin Wool men’s Milano Galleria (Italy) suit was tested and linen was discovered in the belt loop reinforcements. The Lakewood Shatnez Laboratory uncovered this incidence of shaatnez (*).
This suit was sold in Lakewood at a blowout sale. Only one Milano Galleria suit from this sale was found containing linen. No other laboratories in the East reported this shatnez finding.
Emergency Recall: All the pants from Milano Galleria suits should be rechecked by a professional Shatnez Laboratory.
For questions on shatnez to Rabbi Eliyahu Neiman,
What Sha'atnez is:
The Torah forbids us to cover ourselves with any type of garment or fabric that contains both wool and linen. This would include a fabric, which is woven with both wool and linen or a garment, which is made of different materials and contain in them wool and linen that are permanently connected, (i.e. sewn or pasted). We are forbidden to wear such a mixture.
When we speak of wool, we are only referring to wool obtained from sheep or lambs. Other materials, such as camel's hair, mohair, angora, cashmere or alpaca wool, present no shatnez problems. Similarly, linen refers only to fibers derived from the flax plant, whereas other bast fibers, such as ramie, hemp or jute, may be combined with wool.
The Torah teaches us about the Mitzvah (commandment) of shatnez in two pusukim (verses) in the torah.
"Do not wear Shatnez - wool and linen together" (Deut. 22:11)
"A Shatnez garment should not cover you" (Lev. 19:19)
These two verses prohibit a Jew from wearing and garment which contains shatnez or covering oneself with such a garment.
Shatnez is an acronym described by the sages for combed, spun and woven. This means that if any of these processes done with wool and linen together the garment would be prohibited according to the Torah. In addition the Sages decreed that any lasting combination of wool and linen be considered Shatnez.