This bill would ensure that the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) standards for products labeled as “Made in USA” or “Made in America” supercede state regulations of the use of those labels for products sold across state lines or in foreign countries. It was introduced to prevent California and other states from enforcing a more stringent standard than the FTC’s Made in USA Standard.
The FTC’s standard holds that “all or virtually all” of a product must be made or assembled in the U.S. in order for businesses to promote products as “Made in USA”. Country of origin labels are required to be disclosed on automobiles, in addition to textile, wool, and fur products — but the FTC’s policy applies to all uses of “Made in USA” labels, whether required or not.
Not only would this legislation apply to “Made in USA” labeling on the physical product, but it would also ensure federal laws about how that product is introduced, advertised, offered for sale, or sold.