Labeling “Made in the USA”

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 10, 2016

Last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 633, by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), a bill that provides California manufacturers with limited flexibility in using the “Made in USA” label on products manufactured and sold in California. The bill permits a very limited amount of non-domestic content in a product labeled as Made in USA. Specifically, 95 percent of the product must be made domestically or; 90 percent of their product must be made domestically, if the remaining content could not be made or obtained from the United States.

The new law went into effect on January 1, 2016. CMTA would like to check-in with members to see if their companies have experienced any difficulties or have concerns with it. Email Anthony Molina ( with any feedback.

Additionally, another “Made in the USA” labeling bill is in process now. AB 2827 by Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), which initially attempted to allow California companies an opportunity to remedy alleged minor labeling discrepancies for the “Made in California” and “Made in USA” labels prior to a civil action, was gutted and amended in the Assembly. The bill now includes a violation of the "Made in USA" provisions as an unfair method of competition and unfair or deceptive act or practice under the Consumers Legal Remedies Act. The bill has no opposition and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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