FTC: Made In The USA Comments Concerning Kenneth Zinn--P894219
PAUL S. SARBANES
United States Senate
August 15 1997
Ms. Lorraine Miller
Dear Ms. Miller:
Enclosed is a copy of correspondence I received from Mr. Kenneth Zinn. The letter raises some serious concerns about efforts to change the meaning of the "Made in the U.S.A." label. I would certainly appreciate it if you would carefully review this matter and provide me with an appropriate response.
Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.
With best regards,
9503 Columbia Blvd.
June 26, 1997
The Hon. Paul Sarbanes
Dear Senator Sarbanes:
I am very concerned that the Federal Trade Commission has proposed to change the meaning of "Made in the USA" in advertisements and on product labels. The FTC wants to change that label's meaning from the current "all or virtually all" U.S. parts and labor to only 75% or more U.S. manufacturing costs or, alternatively, that the products and all significant parts and components" were "last substantially transformed" in the U.S.
If this change is enacted, the U.S. government would allow multinational corporations to perpetuate a fraud on the American public. Congress needs to insist that such labels mean what they say. The only beneficiaries of such a change would be large corporations trying to make higher profits overseas at the expense of American workers and consumers.
I urge you to oppose this proposed change and make your views known to the FTC and the White House. I would also appreciate hearing from you about what action you are taking.
Kenneth S. Zinn