Fair packaging and labeling act metric only amendment
In 1992, the FPLA was amended to require both inch/pound, and SI labels on products regulated by the federal government. Progress has been made, with companies such as Proctor&Gamble increasingly putting rounded metric labels in the primary label section, previously where customary units are located. However, more is needed to be done to ensure lower costs and more efficient trading amongst companies which have the ability to package and label their products. A proposal from the National Institute of Standards and Technology would allow the FPLA to be amended to allow labels only in SI units. This would allow for companies to have more freedom and control over their product marketing, and would benefit companies as they would no longer be bound to the current dual labeling requirements, and would not have to bear the added costs of extra labeling. Unfortunately, due to resistance from groups, including the Food Marketing Institute, this proposal has been delayed. It is important to contact your representatives, senators, and the president to show your support for the FPLA amendment proposal. If you also wish to contact the food marketing insititute to discuss the proposal and why it is beneficial, go to www.fmi.org. Remember to be polite and on topic with your letter when writing to FMI or a politician. Links to the White House, House of Representatives, and the Senate are provided in the links section.