FTC: Made In The USA
Comments Concerning Paul
9103 Brierly Road
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
May 6, 1997
Federal Trade Commission
"Made in USA" Product Label Standards
This opinion relates to the FTC's current
consideration/proposal of new guidelines for products to
qualify for the "Made in USA" label.
One of the label's principal purposes is to inform
American and other CONSUMERS that goods were manufactured
in the USA and use components produced in the USA.
Clearly consumers, such as I, expect that this label will
be factual and not nisleading. Our purchase decisions
often hinge on such certifying information. Thus a public
trust is involved.
The Made in USA label should only be
affixed to products that are totally (100 percent)
assembled in the USA from components made in this
This can set a standard and an incentive for dometic
producers for sales will reward such a label. The
FTCs first obligation is to the USAs
consumers, secondly to full-fledged, domestic producers.
This should not conflict with trade pacts.
IF it is UNAVOIDABLY NECESSARY to lower the Made
in USA standard - and I do not see how it can be -
the label should be precise, i.e. 20 percent or less of
the product's components are made in other nation(s),
which must be specified. The components should not exceed
the 20 percent total or level.