FTC to Host Conference on Cashmere Product Labeling

Media Advisory
WHAT:

Staff of the Federal Trade Commission will host a half-day conference on May 4, 2001, at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to discuss proper labeling of cashmere products. In recent months, staff has obtained information suggesting that cashmere and cashmere-blend items may contain less cashmere than the amount stated on the label. By statute, U.S. manufacturers, importers, wholesale distributors, and retailers may be held liable for inaccurate fiber content labeling of wool products, including those made with specialty fibers such as cashmere or mohair.

The conference on cashmere labeling will bring together Commission staff, industry experts, manufacturers, importers and retailers of cashmere products, and will include panel discussions of the following topics: 1) the requirements for proper labeling of cashmere and wool products under the Wool Products Labeling Act; 2) the cashmere market and why mislabeling is occurring; 3) how testing for fiber content is conducted; and 4) appropriate quality control procedures to ensure accurate labeling. The goal is to minimize the incidence of mislabeled cashmere products through greater industry awareness and self-regulation. Manufacturers, importers, and retailers of cashmere products are invited and encouraged to attend. A detailed agenda will be posted on the Commission's website before the conference. Prior registration is requested, but not required.

WHO:

Elaine Kolish
Associate Director for Enforcement
FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection
Industry and trade representatives -- manufacturers, importers and retailers
Fiber experts

WHERE:

Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW - Room 432
Washington, D.C. 20580

WHEN:

Friday, May 4, 2001 - 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

To register in advance, contact:
Faith Vieno
fvieno@ftc.gov
202-326-3751.

CONTACT:

FTC Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2161

STAFF CONTACT:

Carol Jennings
cjennings@ftc.gov
(202) 326-3010

Contact Information