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FTC Reopens Care Label Rule; Sept. 6 Deadline for Comments

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LAUREL, Md., and NEW YORK — The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) and the National Cleaners Association (NCA) are teaming up to protect and improve the Care Label Rule as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reopens it for public comment.

The associations will file joint comments and are asking all cleaners to share their comments with the FTC by the Sept. 6 deadline in a process that requires only a few steps to do online.

The FTC is concerned with all aspects of the Care Label Rule, the associations say, but is looking for comments on:

  • The need to require care labeling
  • Whether or not to include professional wetcleaning in the rule
  • If the rule should be modified to account for current or impending changes in technology or economic conditions
  • Whether some parts of the rule are no longer necessary
  • If languages other than English should appear on care labels

The FTC is also asking if any rule modifications might increase benefits or reduce costs for small businesses.

“What would happen if care labels were no longer required?” asks Mary Scalco, acting DLI CEO. “Our main concern is protecting the interests of drycleaners. Both NCA and DLI encourage all cleaners to join in the comment process. Together we can ensure that the Care Label Rule remains a benefit to the cleaning industry.”

“Care labeling is one federal rule that impacts every professional cleaner’s daily life, so our presenting a united and vocal front to regulators is critically important,” says Nora Nealis, NCA executive director. “NCA is delighted to be working closely with DLI in helping the industry achieve its care labeling rule goals.”

Cleaners may file comments with the FTC here: https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/carelabelinganpr/.

More details are available at: www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/07/carelabeling.shtm.

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