FTC Seeks Input on Wool Products Labeling Rules
February 10, 2012
As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the FTC is seeking public comment on the continuing need for, as well as the benefits, costs and impact of, the Wool Products Labeling Rules.
The Wool Products Labeling Rules require labels on wool products disclosing the manufacturer’s or marketer’s name, the country where the product was processed or manufactured and information about the fiber content. The FTC first issued the rules under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939, known as the Wool Act. The agency completed its last review of the rules in 1998 and modified them in 1998 and 2000. In 2006, the Wool Act was amended by the Wool Suit Fabric Labeling Fairness and International Standards Conforming Act, which sets the maximum average fiber diameter for certain wool products.
FTC is also seeking comment on how it should modify the wool rules to implement the Conforming Act. In addition, the FTC seeks comment on the costs and benefits of the rules and on whether it should clarify or modify certain rule provisions and/or its business and consumer education materials.
The American Sheep Industry Association plans to coordinate with the National Textile Association, based in Boston, Mass., to submit comments in support of continued implementation of the labeling rules.
Comments must be received by March 26. Additional details are available in the Federal Register at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-30/html/2012-1862.htm.