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The Tampa Tribune, Saturday, August 9, 1997

‘Made in USA’
label may soon
be meaningless
    The Federal Trade (commission is
about to close the comment period on its
proposal to water down the standards
that determine what products qualify to
call themselves “Made in USA.” Con-
cerned consumers must speak up by the
commission’s Aug. 11 deadline.
    Briefly, “Made in USA.” will no lon-
ger mean what it says. Presently, con-
sumers can have the cofildence that
“Made in USA” products are “all, or vir-
tually all” made in this country. Incredi-                                                                                      MATT BARRINGTON/for the Los Angeles Times Syndicste
bly, the Federal Trade Commission
would have us believe that “this is not       “substantial transformations” to earn the such ambiguous meaning as to be mean-             The Federal Trade Com@siem is al- I
what consumers expect in an increasing-       label “Made in USA.”                        ingless.                                    so taking comments on the World Wide
ly global economy,” to quote a Federal            It will be interesting to see to what      The Federal Trade Commission pro-        Web www.fic.gov. Deadline for all com-
Trade Commission press release. It’s not      lengths multinational manufacturers go      posals must be stopped, and public opin-    ments is Monday.
what we expect? Nonsense! It is exactly       to defend their U,S.-based “substantial     ion has only days or even hours to be           More than 100 members of Congress
what we expect!                               transformation” piece.                      heard in Washin&on.                         are co-sponsoring a bill, H. Con. Res. 80,
    The commission outlines some safe,            Can a blue widget come in to the           Those concerned may write to office      to stop these disastrous standards in
harbors in their proposal, whereby we         United States only to be painted red and “of the ~cretary, Federal Trade Commis-        their tracks. Those concerned about this
are somehow protected, These include         ‘be sold as “Made in USA”? My guess is       sion, Room 159, Sixth and Pemsylvania       approach to the issue should contact
guidelines where a product’s final stages     that the deceptjon of consumers may not Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.; 20580.             their member of Congress immediately.
must be a U.S.-based operation, andif it      be quite so blatant, but by any definition, Label the correspondence “Made in USA                                --RICK WALDEMAR
came in from overseas, it must undergo        future labels of “Made in USA” will have Policy Comment.”                                                         {


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