At REA JET, we know that consumers are often concerned about the origins of the products they buy; for several decades now, there has been a decline in the manufacture of products in America, a fact very concerning to many consumers. We’ve all seen the “Made in the USA” label, but does this mean the product is fully manufactured in the U.S.?
Recently, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) requested that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) investigate whether the “Made in the USA” label is being used properly. The FTC provides guidance for marketers or companies who desire to use the label, and requires that products carrying the “Made in the USA” label are manufactured completely (or virtually completely) in the United States. However, there is a small leeway inherent to the standard set forth by the FTC, which may have been taken too far by some businesses according to some Congress members.
Senator Murphy said in a letter that he had “particular concern” regarding fraudulent labels that are often used in advertising products by retailers, or actually placed on outer packaging. Murphy’s response came after it was revealed that a well-known big-box retailer had been selling products with fraudulent “Made in the USA” labels.
The fact is, mislabeling is not always done purposely by manufacturers and retailers. Considering global supply shifting, it is possible products that were once made solely or for the most part in the U.S. may now be comprised of components manufactured in foreign countries. In order to avoid a costly regulatory crackdown, manufacturers and retailers should make adjustments to labeling, and avoid using the “Made in the USA” label when products contain components made in foreign countries or are not made in the U.S. at all.
At REA JET, we know the importance of product origin and product packaging to consumers. Residents of the U.S. want to support the manufacturing of products made in their own country, which gives the economy much needed support. As a global supplier of industrial printing equipment including large and small character inkjet, laser systems, spray mark systems, and more, we invite manufacturers to learn more about our durable, high-quality and affordable marking systems.