New rule targets fraudulent ‘Made in USA’ claims

Source: Herb Weisbaum, Consumers' Checkbook

If you decide to buy a product labeled “Made in USA”—possibly paying more for it—you expect that piece of clothing, or furniture, or bicycle to be made in America. Unfortunately, “Made in USA” claims are often meaningless and sometimes outright deceptive.

This month the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finalized a new rule to crack down on marketers who use false or misleading “Made in the USA” claims to sell products.  Under the rule companies making unqualified “Made in USA” claims on their product labels should be able to prove that their products are “all or virtually all” made in the United States.

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