16 CFR Parts 500-503: Rules, Regulations, Statements of General Policy or Interpretation and Exemptions Under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act ("FPLA" or "Act") #00020

Submission Number:
00020
Commenter:
Paul Trusten
Organization:
U.S. Metric Association
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Parts 500-503: Rules, Regulations, Statements of General Policy or Interpretation and Exemptions Under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act ("FPLA" or "Act")
Matter Number:

R411015

Permitting an option for product labeling exclusively in metric units is consistent with the direction of U.S. laws and rules since the 19th century, as follows: 1866 - Metric Act - the Congress legalizes the metric system in the U.S. 1875 - U.S. joins Meter Convention, establishing a global measurement system 1893 - Weights and Measures Superintendent Thomas Mendenhall orders that U.S. legacy units be defined exclusively in metric terms ("the Mendenhall Order") 1975 - the Congress passes the Metric Conversion Act, recognizing the need for coordination of the increasing use of the metric system in the U.S. 1988 - the Congress passes the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act, amendig the Metric Conversion Act to declare the metric system to be the preferred measurement system for trade and commerce in the U.S. 1992 - the Congress requires both metric and legacy units on all U.S. consumer producdt labeling