US FTC Retains Care Labeling Rule After Consultation

In July 2021, the US Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) voted to retain the US Care Labeling Rule for apparel and
certain textile goods.

In July 2020, the FTC had voted to propose
a repeal of the US Care Labeling Rule, which had been in effect since 1971. The
rule requires manufacturers and importers of garments and some textile goods to
attach a label that provides clear and accurate care instructions covering dry
cleaning or washing, bleaching, drying and ironing.

The FTC’s consultation received over 200
comments, the majority of which opposed the repeal. Individuals and small
business objected because consumers rely on these labels to extend the lives of
their clothes. Manufacturing and cleaning businesses stated the removal of
these labels would also increase the likelihood that items would be damaged in
cleaning, thus exposing them to unnecessary liability.

The FTC periodically reviews the Care
Labeling Rule to ensure it remains up to date with new developments and
continues to provide useful information to consumers. It also considers ways to
improve rule requirements to the benefit of US consumers and businesses.

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