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Given a choice between a product made in the U. More than 80 percent of those people cited retaining manufacturing jobs and keeping American manufacturing strong in the global economy as very important reasons for buying American.
About 60 percent cited concern about the use of child workers or other cheap labor overseas, or stated that American-made goods were of higher quality.
And people would pay extra to buy American. According to a new survey of consumers in the U. Clearly, most Americans want to know where products are made and want to buy those that will help create or keep jobs in the U.
A guessing game Photo: Tooga Few products except carstextiles, furs, and woolens are required by law to reveal their American heritage. But when any manufacturer chooses to boast of an American connection, it must comply with federal rules designed to keep consumers from being misled.
Our evidence shows that if not misled, consumers are at least confused. But the line is blurry. Every case is different and subject to interpretation, Koss says. Most of the complaints the FTC receives are initiated by companies that are pointing a finger at competitors they claim are seeking an unfair advantage.
If a company refuses, it faces civil penalties—in theory. Stanley claimed that the ratchets were made in America, but the FTC noted that much of their content was foreign. Companies must be able to document any claim.
Qualified claims, the main cause of confusion, come in many forms, but each must tell the whole story. Take the new iPad Mini. The FTC requires companies to post prominent, unambiguous statements such as the actual country of origin to leave an accurate impression. Readers who have sent us complaints seem most irritated by foreign-made products whose makers have patriotic names American Mills, Americana Olives, Great American Seafood, United States Sweaters, the U.
Another type of labeling law, enforced by U. Customs and Border Protection with an assist from the Department of Agriculture, requires imported goods to bear a country-of-origin label when they enter the U.
Large retailers must use signs, labels, or stickers to identify the birthplace of covered commodities most meat, fish, fresh or frozen fruits, vegetables, and some nuts.
Under the law, that side trip must be noted. If you want to buy American products, these tips should help: Read labels carefully, using the info above. Consult websites that name companies making products in the U. Contact a manufacturer directly. Check our listing of some of the companies still manufacturing in America.
Manufacturer According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American manufacturing lost almost 6 million jobs between and A decade of BLS data reveals heavy job losses across more than a dozen manufacturing sectors, including apparel and textiles, electrical equipment, iron and steel production, computers, glass, and leather tanning and finishing.
Why are foreign nations so appealing to manufacturers? Simple economics, for starters. Incompensation costs wages and benefits for manufacturing jobs in the U. Another manufacturing powerhouse, India, has even lower hourly compensation costs than China.
But depending on the manufacturing sector, labor may account for only a small fraction of operating costs. Stihl chain saw Photo:The American Dental Association (ADA) is the nation's largest dental association and is the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients.
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