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FTC Approves Final Amendments to Wool Products Labeling Rules

June 25, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved final changes to its Wool Products Labeling Rules (Wool Rules) that clarify and update the Rules, provide more flexibility to industry, and align several provisions with recent amendments to the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act Rules (Textile Rules).

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

The agency now has amended the Rules to conform with the 2006 amendments to the Wool Act and the amended Textile Rules. The changes include, incorporating the Wool Act’s new definitions for cashmere and very fine wools, clarifying descriptions of products containing virgin or new wool, and allowing certain hang-tags disclosing fiber trademarks and performance even if they do not disclose the product’s full fiber content.

The Commission vote approving the Notice amending the Wool Rules was 5-0. The changes will become effective 30 days after the notice is published in the Federal Register.