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Federal Trade Commision Votes On Care-Labeling Rules

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted to amend its care-labeling rule for clothing.The Commission approved an amendment that affects the current reasonable basis standard, clarifying the evidence needed to substantiate cleaning instructions for a garment. Every garment manufacturer relies on having a reasonable basis to determine and defend the care instructions placed on each garment. These changes may affect the way garments are labeled.The FTC also approved an amendment that updates water temperature definitions to conform to current industry standards. The current definitions of "hot," "warm" and "cold" water will be updated. Changes in technology have altered these definitions and may affect how a reasonable basis for care labels is determined by manufacturers.The FTC voted not to make a change to the rule that would mandate home-wash instruction. A proposed amendment suggested that all garments that could technically be washed at home be labeled for home washing. It was noted, however, that manufacturers must be careful not to mislead consumers on washing instructions. A manufacturer using a "Dry-clean Only" label must have a reasonable basis of stating this warning against home washing.

October 2000