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FTC Extends Deadline to Comment on Update to Wool Products Labeling Rules

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Trade Commission has extended from Nov. 25 to Dec. 3 the deadline to comment on a proposed rule that would conform the Wool Products Labeling Rules to the requirements of the Wool Suit Fabric Labeling Fairness and International Standards Conforming Act and align them with proposed amendments to the Textile Rules. The proposed changes include the following.

- incorporating new definitions for cashmere and very fine wools

- clarifying existing descriptions of products containing virgin or new wool

- allowing certain hang-tags disclosing fiber trademarks and performance even if they do not disclose the product’s full fiber content

- stating that an imported product’s country of origin as determined under the laws and regulations enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be the country where the product was processed or manufactured

- requiring guarantors to acknowledge that providing a false guaranty is unlawful and to certify that they will actively monitor and ensure compliance with the applicable law

- requiring continuing guaranties to be renewed annually by providing that they will continue in effect for one year unless revoked earlier

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