(Legal Newsline) — iSpring
Water Systems, LLC has agreed to stop claiming its products are made in the United States following a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The FTC claimed that the
company made false, misleading or unsupported claims to consumers about its
products being “Proudly Built in the USA.” According to the FTC, the water filtration
systems use a significant number of inputs from overseas. iSpring agreed to stop making these claims unless it can show that all significant processing occurs in and all significant parts come from within the United States.
American manufacturing is important to many consumers. If a product is
advertised or labeled as ‘made’ or ‘built’ in the USA, consumers rightly
expect that to be the case when they part with their hard-earned money,” Acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said. “This is an important issue for American
business and their customers, and the FTC will remain vigilant in this area.”
iSpring markets water filtration products on its website and through third parties such as Amazon, Overstock, Sears, Home Depot and Walmart.
The FTC voted
3-0 to issue the complaint and accept the proposed consent order. The consent
agreement package will be subject to public comment for 30 days, after which
the FTC will decide whether to finalize it.