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August 8, 2011 - Solidarity in Defense of Care Label Rule

The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) and the National Cleaners Association (NCA) are teaming up to protect and improve the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Care Label Rule. Both associations invite all cleaners to join the effort by providing comments to the FTC before September 6 as they review the rule.

The FTC is re-opening the Care Label Rule for comments. DLI and NCA want all drycleaners to be heard. The two associations will file joint comments and are asking all cleaners to share comments with the FTC, the process only requires a few steps to do online.

The FTC is concerned with all aspects of the Care Label Rule; however, they are looking for comments on:

            • the need to require care labeling,
            • whether or not to include professional wetcleaning in the Rule,
            • if modifications of the rule are needed to account for current or impending changes in technology or economic conditions,
            • whether some parts of the Rule are no longer necessary, and
            • if languages other than English should appear on care labels.  

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

"What would happen if care labels were no longer required?" asked 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."

“Despite the fact that we’ve all seen some crazy care labels in our careers, we can’t dismiss this requirement’s importance to the industry," said Nora Nealis, Executive Director of NCA. "Care labeling is one federal rule that impacts every professional cleaners daily life, so our presenting a united and vocal front to regulators is critically important. NCA is delighted to be working closely with DLI in helping the industry achieve its care labeling rule goals.”


Comments are due September 6, 2011. Cleaners may file comments with the FTC here:

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