Vanderbilt Law Review


Wesley E. Forte

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The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA), which became effective on July 1, 1967, was designed to protect consumers by requiring informative labeling and nondeceptive packaging for consumer commodities. The statute has been described as "an information bill. The first part is information largely about the label .... The second part of the bill is really, in a way, to try to eliminate the confusion in words so we have a common terminology, so we all speak the same language.... It is like establishing an alphabet ... in size designations." The author seeks to provide an insight into the new alphabet of the FPLA and the controversial regulations issued by the FTC and the FDA pursuant to the FPLA through a discussion of the legislative history and some of the present difficulties under the statute.