FTC: Made In The USA Comments Concerning Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon--P894219
Office of the Secretary
Re:"Made in the U.S.A." Policy Comment
In January of 1996, this office joined with a coalition of twenty-one other State Attorneys General in urging the FTC to retain its "all or virtually all" standard for products labeled "Made in the U.S.A." After review of the newly proposed standard requiring only "substantially all" of a product so labeled to be made in the United States, this office once again urges the FTC to maintain its "all or virtually all" standard.
A product label which claims that the item is made in the U.S.A. should mean what it says. It should not mean seventy-five percent made in the U.S.A. or assembled in the U.S.A. from foreign parts. Consumers understand "Made in the U.S.A." to mean made by U.S. workers in the United States from U.S. parts. Diluting the meaning of this claim can only serve to confuse and mislead consumers.
JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON