The federal government recognized consumers’ need for accurate label information when it enacted the Fair Packaging and Label Act (FPLA). The purpose of the FPLA, as outlined in the act itself, is to “enable consumers to obtain accurate information as to the quantity of the contents and… facilitate value comparisons”. Towards this goal, the FPLA requires that products sold for the purpose of consumption, personal care, or household use display a label clearly identifying:
- what the product is
- the name and location of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor
- the net quantity of the product’s contents.
Unfortunately, some companies use misleading labels to convince consumers to purchase their products. The FPLA, like state statutes such as the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) and Proposition 65, provides consumers with tools to help ensure the flow of accurate information in the marketplace. The FPLA provisions work to allow consumers to efficiently compare different products and to make educated decisions before purchasing.
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