Definition of Made in America
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, August 12, 2013
HIGH POINT - If it claims to be "Made in America," the government says it had darn well better be.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, Made in America means that "all or virtually all" the product was made here. The agency said that interest peaked after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and it enforces the standard to ensure commercial compliance and to maintain consumer confidence that they're buying the real thing.
That means for a Made in America claim to pass the government's muster, all or mostly all of the parts, processing and labor must be done in the U.S. to be accurate. Products should not contain any - or only negligible - foreign content, the FTA said.
There's no law that requires manufacturers and marketers of most products to disclose U.S.-based content. Except for automobiles and textile and wool products, it's the choice of the manufacturer or advertiser to say whether a product is domestic. But those who do make the domestic-made claim must adhere to the "all or virtually all" standard, the FTC said.
The requirements have stalled some companies in showing their patriotism, even though they consider themselves to be a domestic manufacturer.
While the FTC enforces the standard, it's the U.S. Customs Service that oversees requirements that imported goods be marked with a foreign country of origin, such as "Made in China."
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