Bloomberg News reports that Wal-Mart has agreed to settle charges leveled by the Federal Trade Commission that Wal-Mart did not properly disclose in what country they made clothing sold through the internet. A textile product sold on the internet must clearly disclose whether it is made in the U.S. or imported. A spokesman for Wal-Mart said that any violation of federal law was inadvertant. “As soon as we realized there was an issue, we took immediate corrective action, and brought it to the FCC’s attention,” Wal-Mart claimed. The federal Textile and Wool Act requires manufacturers and sellers to mark each product with a generic name, identify fibers used by percentage, and name the country the item was made in. Since February of 1998, the FTC revised the rules to include textiles sold via the internet. There was no indication what financial settlement was reached between the FTC and Wal-Mart in this case.
It’s not “Made in the USA”, its “Betrayed in the USA!” See other newsflash entries below about the company’s use of sweatshop labor, and foreign-made products.