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Following public comment periods in two separate cases, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has approved final consent orders settling charges that iSpring Water Systems, LLC, a Georgia-based distributor of water filtration systems, and Block Division, Inc., a Texas-based distributor of pulley block systems, made misleading Made-in-the-USA claims.
Historically there has been a lot of hype around the American made topic, but there is a heightened awareness in recent years, which has drawn more attention to this subject now more than ever. This is mostly due to reshoring by major manufacturers, the US Government with SelectUSA and STEM programs, and all of the issues we face with counterfeiting and sub-par products.
As it turns out, a flag label doesn’t guarantee that a product was born in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” A recent Consumer Reports survey found that 8 out of 10 consumers would rather buy a domestically made product than an imported one, but it’s difficult to figure out which are the frauds.
Made in USA. Three little words, with a not so little impact!
As companies “tiptoe” back to the United States from overseas, the “Made in USA” label should grow more common. However, ambiguous rules are costing some manufacturers hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties and legal fees. So what’s the problem? The coveted “Made in USA” does not always mean the same thing to companies as to the Federal Trade Commission.
California long required that any manufacturer wanting to say that a product is made in America must, in fact, have a product that’s made in America.
California companies must now actually make their products in the U.S. to call them American-made. Mostly.
Want To Increase Sales? Simple Answer: CERTIFY Your Products as MADE IN USA CERTIFIED! Retailers that listen to the demands of the public often find the very best ways of delivering the products wanted by their customers. Today, 80% of Americans have stated they prefer to buy goods MADE IN THE USA and would even pay more for them1. Some companies have tried to fool the public by falsely applying a “Made in USA” sticker, but HOW DO YOU KNOW that what you buy was actually MADE in the USA?
Manufacturers of products made with recycled materials can’t claim offerings were “Made In USA” unless they can show that the materials originated domestically, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) making it the “Made in USA” claims tricky for recycled materials.
DISCLAIMER: We are not a certification company. Our members certify themselves.