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Tuesday, March 8, 2005, IABFLO Board Meeting

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Tuesday, March 8, 2005, IABFLO Board Meeting

    International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO)

    2008 Annual Meeting Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV March 18-21, 2008

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The 73rd International IABFLO Conference was

    called to order at 9:00 am by Joan Jordan, IABFLO

    President. Welcome and Introductions were made.

Introductions were made around the table. Those

    present were:

American Law Label / Rocco

    Global Registration Bruno

    Helen

    American Textile Kunsman

    Ginny

    Atico Int'l, Inc Poyer

    Kimberly

    Betesh Group Nater

    Rhonda

    Betesh Group Allamby Bureau Veritas Ellen Roaldi

    Tina

    Bureau Veritas Goerss California Down and Gordon

    Feather Test Lab Damant

    Joan

    Connecticut Jordan

    Vincent

    Connecticut Pugliese

    Tanya

    Dorel Juvenile Group Hiday

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International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO)

    2008 Annual Meeting Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV March 18-21, 2008

    Christine

    Dorel Juvenile Group Levesque Dupont Non-Woven

    Tyvek Dayle Boyle Dupont Non-Woven

    Tyvek Marta Hilton

    Susan

    Evenflo Staigl Graco Children's Bob

    Products Crowley

    Michael

    Helen of Troy Lopez IKEA Wholesale Lisa Highfill

    Malin

    IKEA Wholesale Nasman International Down & Wilfred

    Feather Lab Lieber International Down & Oliver

    Feather Lab Kemper J C Penney Marie Mote Kolcraft Mike Brown Law Office of Joanne Maggie

    Mattiace Terry Noble Pine Steve

    Corporation Goldrich

    Sam

    North Carolina Hancock North Carolina Bill Vinson Pier I Zina Juroch

    Kaleena

    Pier I Kristinek

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International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO)

    2008 Annual Meeting Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV March 18-21, 2008

    Mark

    Printcraft Bivens

    Marvin

    Printcraft Smith

    Robert

    SEA Ltd Moss

    Jeanine Simmons MFG Rider

    Alida

    Simmons MFG Farmer Southern Nevada

    Health District Nancy Hall Southern Nevada Jamie

    Health District Hulbert Southern Nevada Larry

    Health District Rogers Southern Nevada Clayton

    Health District Sellers

    Tracey

    Tempurpedic Cooke

    Paula

    Texas Anderson

    Claudia

    Utah Gale

    Margaret

    Virginia Davis Wal-Mart T. J. Vestal

    Thomas

    Wal-Mart Head

    Sheila

    Wal-Mart Rogers

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    International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO)

    2008 Annual Meeting Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV March 18-21, 2008

    Yupo Corporation of Dave

    America Jeffers

    Sheron Zep, Inc. Minier

    Robin Zep, Inc. Cantrell

Ellen Roaldi, Bureau Veritas Consumer Product

    Services gave a lab overview of US and Canadian

    Upholstered Furniture label reviews. They cover all

    products hard, soft, toy, IABFLO, as well as

    packaging label location and adhesion. BV reviews

    the overall size and type of labels. They also test for

    fiber disclosure and BV maintains a datasheet for

    consistency of labeling. They have 30 offices

    worldwide, 2 in the US. They DO NOT verify

    sterilization

Contact information: Ellen Roaldi, 716-505-3670,

    ellen.roaldi@us.bureauveritas.com

BREAK: 9:50 - 10:05

Next year‟s IABFLO meeting will be held in Daytona

    Beach 3/9 3/13/09

Wilfred Lieber, International Down & Feather Testing

    Lab (IDFL) spoke on sterilization methods.

    American Down & Feather Council in 2006 set up a

    voluntary compliance program that includes labeling

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    International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO)

    2008 Annual Meeting Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV March 18-21, 2008

    compliance. IDFL is part of that council. They do label

    verification.

A company seeking a Sterilizer Permit must be

    certified by inspection and testing of their

    Washer/Sterilization methods. The procedure is:

    ? A notice is sent to Pennsylvania

    ? PA okays lab to inspect facility

    ? Inspector is sent to facility

    ? Company send application to PA including

    inspection results

    ? PA issues permit

    Annual renewal of permit is necessary, but re-

    inspection of facility is not

Fowl raised for food is the source of feathers & down.

    Inspection Criteria:

    ? Incoming raw down and outgoing clean down are

    segregated

    ? Inspector views wash & process areas

    ? Sterilizing chamber high pressure steam at 130

    degrees C for 30 minutes

    ? Plumage is washed & rinsed at high temperature Wilf showed pictures of a facility

    Bird flu virus killed after 2 minutes at 57 degrees C

    Inspector can view temperature and pressure gauges

    from outside, Boilers are also checked

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    International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO)

    2008 Annual Meeting Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV March 18-21, 2008

    Customs doesn‟t usually check completed products

    (clothing or bedding). Bulk down must have certificate

    from Health Department of country of origin.

    Contact information: Wilfred Lieber, International Down & Feather Testing Lab, 801-467-7611,

    info@idfl.com

Gordon Damant, InterCity Testing labs: Gordon spoke

    on behalf of ISPA concerning environmental issues.

     Responsibilities are increasing to go “GREEN”.

    The use of recycled materials such a soda bottles,

    although a post consumer product has become an

    issue. There is no way to determine the percentage of

    “rebonded” polyurethane foam pad NOW in furniture

    and Mattresses. Recycled textile fibers are also in use.

    FTC in April 2008 is revisiting the labeling guide issue.

    It may become a legal requirement to use recycled

    materials. States should be prepared.

    Contact information: Gordon Damont, gdamant@lycos.com

    Malin Nasman, IKEA The list of questions that Malin sent to IABFLO prior

    to this meeting were discussed yesterday at the

    Regulator‟s meeting. These answers were given at

    this time.

    DISPLAY MODELS

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    International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO)

    2008 Annual Meeting Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV March 18-21, 2008

    IKEA has polled the states for “Display Model” and

    “Returns” information – to determine whether such

    products can be sold as NEW or must be labeled

    SECONDHAND. With changes to the laws and

    regulations in Texas and Virginia, how has this been

    affected?

    ? Virginia Bedding Program does not regulate the

    Display model requirements. This falls under

    Consumer Affairs. “Display Model” must be

    written on the contract or receipt. The bedding

    laws only require that the product be clean and

    free of damage. RETURNS must be sanitized

    and sold as used. Once in a home or out of the

    retailer‟s possession, it is USED.

    ? Texas is working on changes and will respond

    later, currently considered NEW

    ? Ohio has no law concerning display models

    ? Connecticut does not require to be sanitized

    ? North Carolina SOLD AS NEW, not required to

    be in plastic wrapped.

    ? Utah Display models may be sold as NEW,

    returns must be labeled SECONDHAND.

    IKEA QUESTIONS

    Tolerances on law labels

    ? California has a 5%(+/_-) tolerance in their law

    ? Ohio has a 10% (+/-) tolerance in their law with

    the exception of feather & down (use IDFL rules)

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    International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO)

    2008 Annual Meeting Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV March 18-21, 2008

    ? QUESTION: IKEA is using the bottom of the Law

    Label for some federal information, for example IKEA sometimes lists the Country of Origin there. It is approved by IABFLO to use this designated area for “other” information. The customs/FTC rules for Country of Origin differs from the Law Labeling regulations and its suffix used in the registration numbers on the Law Labels. One State has complained that the Country of Origin doesn‟t correspond to the country suffix in the uniform registration number and IKEA was told to change the Law Label. State and federal laws differ in that Country of Origin isn‟t always the same as country of manufacture. IABFLO allows companies to list federally required information in the “Other Information” section of the law tag to enable manufacturers to comply with both state and federal laws without the necessity of an additional tag. The information in this section can include information required by individual states. State regulators should not be examining the “Other Information” section of the law tag except to determine compliance with their individual state requirements. We‟d like to stress that this is not an error made by IKEA. What solution can you recommended?

    ? ANSWER: The state of Ohio can no longer

    check to make sure the country of origin

    corresponds with the registration suffix due to the new rules of Customs Regulations, 19 CFR Part

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    International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO) 2008 Annual Meeting Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV March 18-21, 2008

    177. We always ask the manufacturer to check

    with their customs broker prior to listing the

    country of origin.

MULTIPLE STERILIZATION NUMBERS

    IKEA has asked about multiple sterilization numbers

    on a law label. They are using wool from multiple

    sources in the same product. Conceivably wool and

    feathers could be used in the same product.

    ? All states agreed that this is acceptable in the

    following format

     REG. NO. UT XXXX (CN) PERMIT NO. PA-

    XXXX (CN)

     PERMIT NO. PA-

    XXXX (CN)

LAW LABEL MATERIAL

    IKEA has a 100% nylon sample of law label material

    they would like approved for use on products. The

    question is whether state laws specify TYVEK as the

    law label material.

    All state laws require that law tag material must be

    durable, cannot be torn, and the ink will not flake out

    when abraded, or similar verbiage. Some state laws

    may specify that specific tagging material must be

    used. IKEA should check with individual states.

    IABFLO Executive Committee will look at any

    submitted sample on an individual basis to determine

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    International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO)

    2008 Annual Meeting Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV March 18-21, 2008

    whether it meets the requirements for durability and

    abrasion-resistance.

    FEE STRUCTURES IKEA would like to request that all states go to a flat

    fee structure. The time in accounting requirements for

    all the companies they deal with is huge.

    ? NC - $50 +$ .05/piece for sofas & mattresses -

     .01/piece for pillows

    ? PA - $50 + $ .025 per piece sold

    ? OH - $50 + $.04 per piece sold

    ? TX based on estimate of what will be sold

    LUNCH: 12:00 1:30

Southern Nevada District Board of Health, Nancy Hall

    In April 2006, Southern Nevada District Board of

    Health adopted regulations governing the sanitization

    and Safety of Public Accommodations. These

    regulations were approved June 2006, and amended

    in August 2006 to include Dry Camping. The staff

    currently inspects Public Accommodation Facilities,

    including the condition of mattresses, bedding and

    furnishings using SNHD Public Accommodations regs.

Nancy spoke about issues in controlling the sale of

    hotel mattresses. The have discovered drug

    paraphernalia hidden in mattresses, blood, bodily

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