CINET reports; Care Labelling in the USA
Following last year's request from the Federal Trades commission (FTC) in the USA for comments as to whether the mandatory care labelling rule should be continued and what the benefits were etc, the FTC now is proposing to keep the rule but is recommending four specific revisions to the Rule:
- Allow garment manufacturers and marketers to include instructions for professional wetcleaning on labels.
- Permit the use of ASTM Standard D5489-07, "Standard Guide for Care Symbols for Care Instructions on Textile Products," or ISO 3758:2005(E), "Textiles — Care labelling code using symbols," in lieu of terms.
- Clarify what can constitute a reasonable basis for care instructions. Currently, a reasonable basis must consist of reliable evidence, not necessarily testing, supporting the instructions on the care label. The FTC is considering requiring “testing of the garment as a whole” in certain cases.
- Update and expand the definition of “dryclean” to reflect current practices and account for the advent of new solvents. Currently only perc and petroleum are specifically recognized under the Rule. The proposed definition change includes other currently available solvents (perc, petroleum, glycol ether, carbon dioxide, aldehyde).