What must be included on a tracking label?
At a minimum, the tracking label must identify the factory and date of production,
as well as contact information to find out if the item was subject to a recall.
Can tracking labels be put on the packaging of an item or must we put them on the item?
The law requires that markings with the specified information be permanent and
placed on the item where practicable and on the packaging.
If the product is too small to include the tracking label code, it is acceptable to label only the packaging.
Does there need to be tracking information for the screen printing on a t-shirt?
Yes. In case there are problems with the ink, the supplier, distributor and consumer need to be able to contact the printing facility. We suggest including the tracking information at the lower corner of the design itself or at the bottom hem of the shirt.
Is it acceptable to apply the tracking information as a label or with a stamp?
Adhesive labels are not considered ‘permanent’ so would not be a suitable method.
Stamping would be acceptable, as long as the stamp was permanent and not able to be rubbed off or otherwise easily removed.
Where can I find more information?
You can find more guidance on the CPSC’s Tracking Label Requirements website.