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Amendments to Labeling Rules on Light Bulbs

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Trade Commission has issued technical corrections to a July 2010 rule amending the Appliance Labeling Rule to create new labeling requirements for general service light bulbs.

Over the last two years the FTC has issued two separate amendments to its Appliance Labeling Rule concerning light bulbs and television labels. The television label amendments became effective on May 10, 2011, while the light bulb amendments will not become effective until Jan. 1, 2012. As a result, the FTC states, two amendatory instructions in the earlier light bulb notice are not consistent with the Appliance Labeling Rule’s current language as amended by the television notice. The FTC is therefore revising the Rule’s language to ensure its accuracy and to correct an inadvertent error in the definition of “incandescent lamp.” The FTC has also issued a separate notice removing two obsolete instructions from the July 2010 notice.

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