Senators Brown, Murphy, Baldwin urge FTC to enforce ‘Made in USA’ label

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U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to urge them to fully enforce its “Made in the USA” labeling standards, according to a release.

In the letter, the Senators reference instances where companies fraudulently labeled their foreign-made products with ‘Made in America.’ They said mislabeling products misleads customers and gives disadvantages to American businesses, read the release.

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The Senators urge the FTC to consider monetary penalties along with admission of guilt settlements for companies that import products from countries such as China.

“If the consequences of misusing the ‘Made in the USA’ label do not include paying fines or admitting wrongdoing, it is unlikely that these and other companies will be deterred from using the same deceptive tactics to sell their products in the future,” wrote the Senators in the letter. “The value of the ‘Made in the USA’ label is dependent on its integrity. The Commission plays a critical role in ensuing that American-made products are truly made in America. We urge you to require the companies in these cases to pay fines and admit they lied. Failure to take decisive action risks weakening the significance of the ‘Made in the USA’ label and undermining American manufacturers.”