Background

The Federal Trade Commission is proposing to add seven generic fiber names to the Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile Rules). Comments are due by March 19.

The Textile Rules require marketers to, among other things, place a label on each covered textile product disclosing the generic names and percentages by weight of the constituent fibers in the product. Section 303.7 of the rules lists the generic fiber names and definitions the FTC has established through its textile petition process and incorporates by reference the generic names and definitions set forth in the ISO 2076 standard.

The FTC is now proposing to incorporate the most recent version of that standard (from 2013), which added seven generic fiber names not defined in the 2010 standard: chitin, ceramic, polybenzimidazole, polycarbamide, polypropylene/polyamide bicomponents, protein, and trivinyl.

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