FTC Proposes Changes to Wool Products Labeling Rules
September 20, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to its Wool Products Labeling Rules as part of its systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides.
The rules require that labels on wool products disclose 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 provides that wool products identified as cashmere or as containing very fine wools are misbranded unless they have no more than the average fiber diameter specified in the act.
In January 2012, the FTC sought comment on the rules. In response to the comments received, the FTC proposes changes designed to clarify and update the rules to make them more flexible and to align them with the commission’s proposed amendments to the textile rules. The proposed changes include incorporating the Wool Act’s new definitions for cashmere and very fine wools, clarifying descriptions of products containing virgin or new wool and revising the rules to allow certain hang-tags disclosing fiber trademarks and performance even if they do not disclose the product’s full fiber content.
Comments must be received on or before Nov. 25. Complete details are available in the Federal Register at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-20/html/2013-22919.htm.