CONVERTING OLD FTC STANDARD TO USA-2000 STANDARD
How should the new standard be referenced?
1. USA-2000 STANDARD is the best way of referencing the new standard.
2. Do NOT use "NEW FTC STANDARD" – FTC did NOT develop the new standards.
Converting the old FTC law tag label to the new USA-2000 label.
The term "DOWN CLUSTER" is not currently allowed on the law tag label in California and Pennsylvania. Although "DOWN CLUSTER" may be used on the law tag label in some other states, the ADFS uses the term "DOWN" in its press release. The term "DOWN" is acceptable in all states.
The General Label and the SUB-LABEL
In the old FTC guidelines, "DOWN" was defined to contain at least 70% down clusters, plus allowances for down fiber and other components. The new USA-2000 Standard requires labeling of minimum down cluster ("DOWN"). Other components, such as down fibers, landfowl, residue etc., are included in the "FEATHER" portion of the new label.
The new ADFS/USA guidelines require one of the following four General Labels on the law tag:
- DOWN & FEATHERS
- FEATHERS & DOWN
- WATERFOWL FEATHERS
In addition, the following Sub-Labels are required on the law tag label:
DOWN products require the sub-label as follows: ( MINIMUM XX% DOWN )
DOWN & FEATHER products and FEATHER & DOWN products require the sub-labels:
DOWN & FEATHERS
WATERFOWL FEATHERS XX%
FEATHERS & DOWN
WATERFOWL FEATHERS XX %
GOOSE DOWN & FEATHERS
GOOSE DOWN XX %
GOOSE FEATHERS XX %
Can the term "DOWN CLUSTER" be used in the sub-label?
"DOWN CLUSTER" is the sum of downs, nestling downs, and plumules found in any waterfowl product. The official ADA and IDFB definition is:
The group of components: down, nestling down, and plumules.
(Down fiber and other components are specifically excluded from this group of components.)
- California and Pennsylvania will not accept the term "DOWN CLUSTER" on the law tag label.
- Although some states accept the term "DOWN CLUSTER," the term "DOWN" is the correct label, as it will be accepted by ALL STATES.
- "DOWN CLUSTER" may be used in packaging and advertising.
March 2000 IABFLO adopted new label guides.
Apr. 16, 2000 California enacted new law tag label regulations.
June 3, 2000 ADFS votes to accept law label standards as contained in the California regulation.
Sept 1, 2000 ADFS members will begin using only the new law tag labels.
Jan. 1, 2001 Products sold in California should have the new law tag labels.
June 1, 2001 Products in other states should have the new law tag labels.