Federal Trade Commission

On March 6, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly issued seven warning letters to companies making alleged unauthorized claims related to the
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The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has amended the rules and regulations for consumer commodities’ labels promulgated under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1451 et seq., (FPLA) to: (1) allow the omission of street addresses from labels if they are listed in any readily accessible, well-known, widely published, and publicly available resource; (2) incorporate a more comprehensive metric conversion chart; (3) explicitly allow the use of exponents with customary inch/pound measurements; (4) delete outdated prohibitions on retail price sales representations; and (5) acknowledge the role of the weights-and-measures laws of individual states.

The FPLA rules require consumer commodities to conspicuously state the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer or distributor, including a complete street address. Previously, a label could omit the street address if the address was listed in a current city or telephone directory. The revision expands the exception by permitting omission of a street address if it is listed in any readily accessible, well-known, widely published, and publicly available resource, including, but not limited to, a printed directory, electronic database, or website.

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TreesOn October 1, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a revised version of its “Guides for the Use of Environmental Claims,” better known to many as the “Green Guides,”
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