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Roundtable on Proposed Changes to Care Labeling Rule Rescheduled for March 28

Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Trade Commission has rescheduled for March 28 a public roundtable to analyze potential changes to its Care Labeling Rule, which requires manufacturers and importers to attach labels with care instructions to garments and certain piece goods so consumers have reliable instructions for drycleaning or washing, bleaching, drying and ironing their clothing.

The roundtable, which had been scheduled for Oct. 1 but was postponed due to the federal government shutdown, will focus on a September 2012 proposed rule that would allow manufacturers and importers to include professional instructions for wetcleaning on labels. This discussion will also address the cost of substantiating wetcleaning instructions, the availability and consumer awareness of wetcleaning, and the content of labels providing a wetcleaning instruction.

The roundtable also will explore issues relating to the use of care symbols and the FTC’s proposal to clarify the Care Labeling Rule’s reasonable basis requirements. These discussions will address the differences between ASTM and ISO symbols and between the 2005 and 2012 ISO symbols, whether to require that labels identify ISO symbols if used to comply with the Rule, the change in the meaning of the circle P symbol in the ASTM system, the absence of ASTM and ISO symbols for solvents other than perchloroethylene and petroleum, consumer understanding of symbols, and how to clarify what constitutes a reasonable basis for care instructions.

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