Announced Action for November 14, 2000

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Publication of Federal Register notice:

The Commission has approved the publication of a Federal Register notice regarding the following: Amendments to the FTC's Textile and Wool Labeling Rules. As explained in the notice, which will be published shortly, the Commission has approved several amendments to its Textile and Wool Labeling Rules, 16 CFR Parts 303 and 300, respectively. The Commission is amending the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile Rule) to: 1) revise the form for "Application for a Registered Identification Number (RN)" to facilitate the receipt of electronic applications; 2) incorporate by reference the generic fiber names and definitions for manufactured fibers in International Standard Organization standard ISO 2076: 1999(E), "Textiles - Man-made fibres - Generic names"; 3) clarify origin labeling requirements for products made in the USA and assembled or finished abroad or manufactured abroad of U.S. fabric; and 4) correct a typographical error. The Commission is amending the Rules and Requirements of the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 (Wool Rule) to: 1) clarify that only one RN will be granted to a qualifying firm; and 2) clarify the origin labeling requirements for products made in the U.S. and assembled or finished abroad or products manufactured abroad of U.S. fabrics.

The Commission vote to publish the Federal Register notice was 5-0. As the amendments are technical in nature, a public comment period is not required and the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act do not apply. (File No. P948404; staff contact is Stephen Ecklund, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-2841.)

Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC's Web site at http://www.ftc.gov and also from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. To file a complaint, or to get free information on any of 150 consumer topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), or use the complaint form at https://www.ftc.gov/ftc/complaint.htm. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies worldwide.

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