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Utah to Require Sterilization Permit No. on Textile Labels

From Jan. 1, 2022, manufacturers and importers in Utah must include a sterilization permit number on labels for textiles made with filling materials.

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December 6, 2021

by Raissa Havens, regulatory specialist, UL’s Supply Chain team

Starting Jan. 1, 2022, the state of Utah will require manufacturers and importers to include a sterilization permit number on retail textile labels for bedding, upholstered furniture and quilted clothing made with filling material.

The state will also require manufacturers, sterilizers, importers/exporters, distributors, supply dealers and repairers with or without employees to register for an annual license and pay a fee. These entities will need to renew their licenses on or before Dec. 31 of each year, which they can accomplish online.

The Bedding, Upholstered Furniture, and Quilted Clothing Inspection Act under Chapter 10 of the Utah Agricultural Code states that filling material may include wool, feathers, down, hair, artificial or synthetic fibers, or a combination of materials that can pad or insulate bedding, upholstered furniture or quilted clothing.

Labels must feature words such as “all new material” or “secondhand material,” and used mattresses must display a clearly visible tag featuring the word “used.”

A retailer may advertise an item filled with down, feather or both materials as “new” if it consists of 100% reclaimed or recycled material, provided that the tag clearly discloses that information.

Utah’s Department of Agriculture and Food website provides more information about how to apply for a license, the application form, fees, label formats and other helpful links.

Recommended action items

If your company manufactures, imports, repairs or sells bedding, upholstered furniture or quilted clothing products, make sure:

  • Your company registers with Utah’s Department of Agriculture and Food.
  • Your label includes the sterilization permit number and complies with the required label formats.

References

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Bedding, Upholstered Furniture and Quilted Clothing Program website

Utah State Legislature, Title 4 - Utah Agricultural Code - Chapter 10 - Bedding, Upholstered Furniture, and Quilted Clothing Inspection Act

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