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CPA Praises FTC Decision on ‘Made in USA’ Labeling

 

[CPA Press Release September 15, 2020]

 

New federal rule could eliminate fraudulent product claims

 

Washington. The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) today praised the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for strengthening its rules governing “Made in USA” product claims. CPA, which had actively pushed the FTC to update its policy on products sold in the United States, believes the new rule could help to eliminate misleading labels on consumer goods.

 

“We’re pleased to see the FTC take this much-needed action,” said Greg Owens, CEO of Sherrill Manufacturing/Liberty Tabletop and a Co-Chair of CPA's Buy American committee. “There is a vast array of products that claim to be ‘American-made.’ They’re often accompanied by an American flag and a less prominent qualification about ‘globally sourced materials.’ These kinds of descriptions often mislead consumers or give a false impression that a product is indeed manufactured in the United States.”

 

For decades, the FTC relied on Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act to enforce Made in USA claims. But the agency has been hamstrung by a provision barring penalties against first-time offenders, something the new rule will address. However, CPA finds it unfortunate that two of the five FTC Commissioners, Phillips and Wilson, wrote that this regulation should apply only to physical labels and not online product advertising. 

Michael Stumo, CEO of the CPA, commented on the limits proposed by Phillips and Wilson, “When it comes time for individuals to be appointed to the Federal Trade Commission, we must be alert and engaged to ensure we get commissioners who will put the interests of America’s consumers and industry first.”

 

The new FTC rule specifies that it is a deceptive act to label any product as ‘Made in USA’ unless “the final assembly or processing of the product occurs in the United States, all significant processing that goes into the product occurs in the United States, and all or virtually all ingredients or components of the product are made and sourced in the United States.” Products not in compliance shall be treated as a violation of FTC rules regarding “unfair or deceptive acts or practices.”

 

“America’s consumers deserve the most accurate product labeling possible,” said James Stuber, President of Alltham P.B.C and a Co-Chair of CPA's Buy American committee. “Too many imports, particularly from China, are produced with shoddy workmanship and unsafe materials. Despite this, companies continue to market inferior goods while cynically using claims of ‘Made in USA’ to mislead consumers. We’re hopeful that the FTC’s action will help to eliminate these unsafe imports.”

 

In addition to promoting American-Made products, CPA advocates a ‘Made in America 2030’ plan to rebuild economic and national security. 

 

https://www.prosperousamerica.org/cpa_praises_ftc_decision_on_made_in_usa_labeling

 

 

 

Q & A: Want to See More American-Made Stuff? Buy More American-Made Stuff.

 

MIAA founder Jim Stuber was featured in a Q &A on Manufacture This, the Alliance for American Manufacturing Blog.  For the full story, click here.  Excerpts appear below:

 

 

Q&A: Want to See More American-Made Stuff? Buy More American-Made Stuff.

By Jeffrey Bonior

Manufacture This

Thursday, May 10, 2018

 

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JB: Your book touches on all things made in America, but how important is it for the U.S. to have a thriving industrial base like the steel and automotive industries?

 

JS: My passion for this grew out of my family working in the steel mills in Pittsburgh and Steubenville. The mill where The Deer Hunter was filmed in Mingo Junction, Ohio is the town where my parents grew up in and all my family worked. I pick up the story in in the book in 1945 when our soldiers were fighting their way across Europe and the islands of the Pacific and there were a couple of places where the Japanese and Germans both saw these columns and columns of American tanks, jeeps and trucks and realized what they were up against. There was a mill in California that made all of the Liberty Ships and it was really America’s industrial might, the core of which was steelmaking, that carried the day in World War II.

 

Now we are locked in another geopolitical fight with China and Russia and not realizing the importance from a security standpoint of the steel industry. I’ve concluded no economy is strong without a strong manufacturing sector. And to rely on other countries for either the raw steel or things in the steel supply chain is just hollowing out our economy. You need steel for security and you need steel for a strong economy.

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Made in America: Consumers could have more influence than the White House

MIAA founder Jim Stuber was featured in a story by Sinclair Broadcasting Group on the White House’s “Buy American Week.”  For the full story, click here.  Excerpts appear below:

 

 

Made in America: Consumers could have more influence than the White House

by Leandra Bernstein

Monday, July 17th 2017

Sinclair Broadcasting Group

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For decades, Americans have exercised that preference for cheaper goods, cheaper materials and cheaper labor. That has meant less preference for higher priced American-made products and the American workers who make them.

According to James Stuber, author of the 2016 book 'What If Things Were Made in America Again,' the only way to reverse that trend is for consumers to decide to do it.

"The answer has been staring us in the face all this time. The consumers could solve this problem just by our buying choices," Stuber said. "There's a solution that is ready at hand, because consumers, we're 70 percent of the economy. If we decided we wanted to bring these jobs back, we could."

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But there are doubts about how much of an effect Trump can have on the real driver of the economy, consumption.

"There are big limitations on what he can get done," Stuber explained. "As long as consumers are willing to buy the less expensive foreign made things, then it’s really not possible for the U.S. manufacturer to say, 'Please buy my products.' ... As long as people are prepared to buy the Buick made in China or the Ford made in Mexico, we won't get anywhere renegotiating trade deals."

Trump could do the most good by bringing attention to the problem of America's appetite for foreign made goods and promoting the U.S. government, and companies and consumers to invest in those products.

"I think awareness of the problem is very important and that's where President Trump or any president can do the most good," Stuber noted. "If people became aware of how much of a problem this is causing, and really decided that it was important to them, it's something we could turn around right away."

 

 

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