New textile labelling rules for fur and leather

New textile labelling rules were approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday 11 May 2011.

The new rules state that any use of animal-derived materials will have to be clearly stated on product labels. Consumers often find it hard to distinguish between real or fake fur/leather; the new labelling rules will now allow easy identification of real fur or leather when purchasing products. This will be beneficial for allergy sufferers, for whom fur is a potential health hazard, as well as for consumers who wish to avoid fur products for ethical reasons.

Companies will have two and half years to adapt to the new labelling rules following publication of the regulation in the Official Journal of EU law.

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