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Commission approval of public comment period extension – By a vote of 4-0, the Commission has approved an extension of the public comment period related to the recently proposed amendment to the platinum section of the FTC’s Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries, commonly known as the Jewelry Guides. On February 26, 2008, the Commission published its request for comments on a proposed amendment to the platinum section of the Guides. The amendment would provide guidance on how to mark or non-deceptively describe products that contain at least 500 parts per thousand (ppt), but less than 850 ppt, pure platinum, and that do not contain at least 950 ppt platinum metal groups (platinum/base metal alloys).

Through the action announced today, the Commission has extended the public comment period on the proposed amendment for 90 days, until August 25, 2008. The Federal Register notice announcing the extension provides information on how and where comments may be submitted. (FTC File No. G711001; the staff contact is the staff contact is Robin Rosen Spector, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-3740; see press release dated February 20, 2008.)

Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC’s Web site at and from the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Call toll-free: 1-877-FTC-HELP.

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