In the Matter of Made in the USA Brand, LLC, File No. 142-3121
My concern about this proposed agreement is that it does not outline a standard on what "Made in the USA" really means. The only legal requirement (I am not a lawyer) seems to be that a product must be "all or virtually all" made in the United States -- but what is to stop a company from sourcing all of the parts from overseas, completing the last stages of assembly here, and then claiming that they "made" the product in the USA? Further, after reading the actual seven-page consent order, it appears that the company in question is only being asked to be honest about making sure its "Accreditation Standard" is met. Nothing seems to be mentioned about what this standard must actually be, which opens the door to my previous point -- the standard can be as lax as the company wants it to be, provided that at least some part of the process is completed in the USA.