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Textile Labeling Fact Sheet in the United States
Mislabeling of luxury fibers in woven and knit garments is a growing problem for U.S. retailers. Many imported fabric suppliers and garment manufacturers misrepresent fiber content in order to unfairly trade on the image of luxury fibers, such as cashmere and camel hair. It is important that retailers are alert to this problem, because both federal and state laws hold retailers responsible for the accuracy of the label information on the garments they sell.
To help you and your buyers identify potentially mislabeled fabrics and garments before taking delivery, it's important to be familiar with the laws governing textile labeling.
The Wool Products Labeling Act protect consumers and manufacturers from deceptively labeled wool fabrics and mislabeled wool garments. This Act, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, requires the following labeling information be displayed on any garment labeled as containing wool or fine animal hair.
Retailers should also be aware that deceptive use of the word "cashmere" for blends in advertising and in-store promotion is unlawful.
For more information about wool garment labeling and the issue of mislabeling of cashmere and camel hair products, contact the Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute.
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