Quality Labeling

August 14, 1943

Report Outline
Wartime Controversy Over Quality Labeling
Peacetime Attitudes Toward Quality Labeling
Mandatory Quality Labeling in Time of War

Wartime Controversy Over Quality Labeling

Organizations of consumers have frequently urged that the federal government establish quality standards for essential civilian goods, and that manufacturers be required by law to grade their products according to official standards and to affix grade labels to all units offered for sale.

The usual argument for compulsory grade labeling starts with the fact that the federal government long ago established specifications to which goods bought by its agencies must conform. Its laboratories enable the government to test and compare the quality of sample lots submitted by manufacturers and its purchasing agents to “take advantage of the best possible value at the least possible price.”

If it is an advantage in public purchasing to be able to compare the relative quality of competing brands or types of products offered at different prices, it is argued that even greater public benefits would be gained if the ultimate consumer were afforded an opportunity to make similar comparisons—through a system of grade labeling for all essential goods offered in exchange for his dollars.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Mar. 13, 1945  The Nation's Health
Aug. 14, 1943  Quality Labeling
Aug. 06, 1943  Voting in 1944
Jul. 27, 1943  Civilian Production in a War Economy
Mar. 08, 1943  Labor Turnover and Absenteeism
Nov. 06, 1942  War Contracts and Profit Limitation
Oct. 10, 1942  Control of Manpower
Aug. 14, 1942  Soldiers and Politics
Jul. 16, 1942  Reduction of Non-War Government Spending
Jul. 08, 1942  Education for War Needs
Jun. 20, 1942  Roll Calls in 1942 Campaign
Jun. 12, 1942  War Shipping and Shipbuilding
Apr. 30, 1942  Forced Evacuations
Apr. 21, 1942  Politics in Wartime
Apr. 14, 1942  Agricultural Import Shortages
Feb. 10, 1942  Disease in Wartime
Jan. 12, 1942  Wartime Rationing
Jun. 19, 1941  Sabotage
Dec. 13, 1940  Shipping and the War
Oct. 24, 1940  Price Control in Wartime
Jul. 20, 1940  Labor in Wartime
Oct. 05, 1937  Alien Political Agitation in the United States
Consumer Protection and Product Liability