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FTC Proposes Changes for Wool Product Labeling

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The Federal Trade Commission has asked for public feedback on proposed changes to its Wool Products Labeling Rules as part of a systematic review that ensures all rules are up-to-date and effective.

Currently, the Wool Products Labeling Rules require that labels on wool products disclose the manufacturer or marketer’s name, the country where the product was processed or manufactured and information about the fiber content.

The FTC first sought comments on the rules in Jan. 2012 and based on responses, determined that the Wool Act’s rules need to be clarified and made more flexible.

With the proposed changes, the rules would incorporate the Wool Act’s new definitions for cashmere and very fine wools, clarify descriptions of products with virgin or new wool and would revise the rules to allow certain hang-tags disclosing fiber trademarks and performance even if they do not disclose the product’s full fiber content, according to the FTC.

The Wool Act was last amended in 2006 by the Wool Suit Fabric Labeling Fairness and International Standards Conforming Act, which specified that wool products are misbranded if the average diameter of their wool fiber does not meet certain standards of fineness.

The Commission is still taking comments on these Rules until Nov. 25, 2013 and rules for filing can be found in the Federal Register Notice. All public comments will be posted at www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm.


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