Detailed requirements for Textile labelling requirements — Accuracy

Importance of accuracy

Under the law, all information on the label must be accurate, and all claims about the product (such as its quality, performance, or origin) must be factual. In addition, no false or misleading information should be included.

If you are the manufacturer, processor, finisher or retailer of a textile fibre product, or a person who is engaged in the business of importing or selling a textile fibre product, it is your responsibility to ensure that all information provided on labels and in advertisements is accurate and compliant with the Act and Regulations.

When labelling down and/or feather products, remember the following:

  • It is prohibited to label products containing down as “100%”, “pure down” or “all down,” unless it complies with the generic definition in subsection 26(1) of the Regulations.
  • It is prohibited to label products filled with feathers as “100%,” unless it complies with the generic definition in subsection 26(1) of the Regulations.
  • If down or feathers are identified by species, at least 90% of the plumage must be from the stated bird.

Stating the fibre content in advertising

A fibre content declaration in advertising is not mandatory. However, if the fibre content is presented in advertising, it must be done in accordance with the Act and Regulations as described in Guide to the Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations, except that percentages may be omitted and the generic names of the fibres do not need to be bilingual.

Importance of quality control

Having a documented quality-control system in place is a good way to ensure that non-compliance is detected promptly so that it can be corrected and prevented from recurring. A good quality-control program will save you money.

It is also a good idea to have identifying numbers or codes, such as lot numbers, on the product label. This makes it easier to identify the supplier/manufacturing or a specific group of products if corrections are required.

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