Blog: Stuff the labelling law
Leonie Barrie | 9 September 2008
The Canadian apparel industry is up in arms over recent changes to the ‘Upholstered and Stuffed Articles’ regulation which has now been extended to include any material used for padding, filling or cushioning.
What this means, effectively, is that any garment which contains filling, materials or stuffing – like bras or clothing with shoulder pads – is considered to be an upholstered or stuffed article. And as such, it falls within the scope of the regulation and must be labelled clearly with details of the hidden filling materials.
Just think for a minute of the implications. Not only will producers of padded items have to register on an annual basis with each of the three Canadian provinces imposing this legislation. But also, all shoulder pads and trims and those involved in their manufacture, importation, distribution or retailing must comply with the regulation by 1 July 2009 – less than 12 months away.
And apparently, the changes were introduced out of the blue, without any notification or prior consultation.
The new labelling law is designed to protect wearers from “potential hazards” relating to the use of unclean or used fillings. Now I could be wrong here, but can bra inserts or shoulder pads really be a risk to anyone's health?
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