The eyes of textiles

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The FTC’s 100th birthday is looming (and it doesn’t look a day over 85, if we do say so ourselves).  Ever wonder what the FTC’s very first published law enforcement action — 1 F.T.C. 1 — involved?  It dealt with a company that sold thread deceptively labeled as “cilk.”  Fast forward a century and people still want to know for certain that the cotton shirt they’re buying is made of cotton.

The Textile Fiber Products Identification Act and accompanying rules take care of that.  Marketers have to attach labels disclosing, among other things, the generic name and percentage of fibers, where the item was processed or manufactured, and the manufacturer’s or marketer’s name or registered identification number (RN).

As part of its systematic review of agency regulations, the FTC has announced it’s revisiting the Textile Labeling Rules to make sure they’re up to date, effective, and not too burdensome.  It’s asking for public input on a number of specific questions about, for example, disclosure requirements for print and online ads, generic names for manufactured fibers, the use of multiple languages in required disclosures, and the list of products currently excluded from the Rule.

If you have material comments about fabric and textiles, the FTC needs to hear from you by January 3, 2012.  Save a step by filing your comments online.

By the way, if you’re in the textile or clothing business or have clients who are, bookmark the special Business Center page for companies in that selected industry.

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