Fashion Intel & Analysis

Textile Development Memo for January 26, 2011

By Chris Skinner, Squire Sanders & Dempsey

On Monday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) initiated a “Soft Launch” of the statutorily mandated Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database (the “Database”).  The Database, which is scheduled to fully launch on March 11, 2011, will house reports from consumers and other Database users about incidents of harm or risk of harm from the use of consumer products.  It will also house responses to reports of harm by manufacturers (including importers) and private labelers of reported products. 


House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) has announced that the Committee will hold a hearing on the pending FTAs with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 25, and will focus on the benefits that the FTAs will bring to U.S. industries and the economy. In announcing this hearing, Camp said, "Trade agreements are a sure-fire way to support U.S. jobs and boost economic growth by creating new markets for U.S. goods and services, particularly at a time when unemployment is nearly ten percent. The United States cannot afford to sit on the sidelines while the rest of the world is actively concluding new trade agreements that leave us out. The first step to getting back on the field is passing these trade agreements. It is time for the President to submit the three pending trade agreements to Congress for their consideration within six months."

Written submissions are currently being accepted through Thursday, February 8. Read the full press release online here