Ohioans look for that “Made in the U.S.A.” label, because they want their dollars to support our economy, and they know it means a quality product, made by American workers.

Yet too often, businesses are forced to compete with companies and marketers that falsely claim their products are made in the U.S., when in reality they’re made in China.

That’s why for years I’ve led bipartisan groups of colleagues to push the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on this fraud, and now they are finally taking action, with a new, updated rule to strengthen “Made in the USA” enforcement.

We know that fraud is all too common. A company that makes hockey pucks wrapped their products in American flags and promoted them as “The Only American Made Hockey Puck”

A Silicon Valley mattress firm start-up marketed its mattresses as “designed and assembled in the U.S.A.” Two California-based companies marketed their gear to veterans and service members, and put “American Made” tags in its products.

There’s one problem – in these cases, the products were actually manufactured entirely in China.

Yet under the previous Administration, the FTC did nothing.

Now, the new FTC rule that takes effect next month will define a clear standard – any company that advertises a product as being “Made in the USA” must be able to prove that all, or virtually all, of it was made in America.

The rule also allows the FTC to enforce Made in USA requirements in e-commerce. The old, outdated rule only applied to physical tags and packaging – allowing companies to lie in online product descriptions. This will help us put a stop to that, and will also allow the FTC to enforce civil penalties for the first time.

Ohio manufacturers rely on the integrity of the “Made in the U.S.A.” brand, especially when forced to compete with competitors from other countries that pay lower wages and exploit their workers.

“Made in the U.S.A.” needs to actually MEAN “Made in the U.S.A.”

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