FTC Fur Labeling and NY State Faux Fur Labeling News

26/08/16

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) governs the Fur Products Labeling Act (15
U.S.C. 69) and its Rules and Regulations (16 CFR Part 301).  The legislation
specifies how real fur wearing apparel products must to be labeled for the United
States market.

 

The State of New York’s General Business Law, section 399-aaa, requires that
both real and faux (imitation) fur be labeled on clothing items sold in the State of
New York.

 

Two items of interest in regards to the above mentioned laws have been in the news recently.

 

• The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) petitioned the FTC to take action against several brands and retailers who they feel falsely advertised and labeled fur wearing apparel items. HSUS claimed that many garments and accessories made with animal fur from coyotes, rabbits and raccoons were offered for sale labeled as “faux fur”, which indicates that they were made of imitation fur.

 

Real fur must be labeled correctly according to the terms and rules included in 16 CFR 301. 

 

• On the state level, New York State announced that they will raise the fines for mislabeling animal fur and faux fur which is made of synthetic fibers to look like real fur.

 

As of November 2016, the highest fine for manufacturing, importing or selling fur or faux fur apparel with incorrect labels will double to $1,000 for the first violation and $2,000 for each following violation.


How Bureau Veritas Can Help
Testing laboratories can determine if a material is real fur or imitation (faux) fur.  However, Bureau Veritas labs cannot determine the animal name or other details required under the labeling rules of 16 CFR 301.  For cases when real fur is used, it is recommended to ask vendors to supply documentation of the needed fur labeling information.

 

In addition, Bureau Veritas can perform manufacturing facility audits to verify the nature of incoming raw materials (including fabric and accessories) used in final products as well as material and inventory controls to maintain traceability.

 

If you have any comments and/or questions, please contact your customer service representative or  email:
info@us.bureauveritas.com

 

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