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Rep Myrick Seeks Funds For Textile Import Labeling

Rep. Myrick Seeks Funds For Textile Import Labeling In an effort to help combat illegal textile and apparel imports, Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) has won tentative approval of $300,000 to develop a tagging and identification system for imports. The funds, which would go to the Agricultural Research Service facility in Clemson, S.C., were contained in this years Department of Agriculture appropriations bill. The measure still has to clear the full House and the Senate before the funds will be available.In announcing approval of the funding, Myrick said, "One of the biggest problems facing our textile producers is the ongoing practice of illegal textile transshipments. To fight this problem, the US Customs Service personnel who are responsible for inspecting the textiles that enter our country need the necessary technology and capability to identify illegal textiles.. This money will go a long way toward advancing the tagging technology to do this."By James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent June 2003




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