62 percent of retail wood
products are misrepresented
or fraudulent, study finds
A team of scientists decided to
measure fraud and misrepresentation
(FM) in wood products on the shelves
of major U.S. retailers.
“We investigated 73 consumer forest products acquired in the U.S.
market from major retailers for the presence of FM,” say scientists in the
study published in the Plos One scientific journal. “We emphasized prod-
ucts that a typical American family might purchase–products included fur-
niture, kitchen implements, sporting equipment, musical instruments, hand
tools, home improvement materials, and other durable household items.”
The team used forensic wood anatomy to test 183 specimens from the
73 products. 62 percent of tested products ( 45 of 73) had one or more
type of fraudulent or misrepresented claim.
The study then breaks it down into two specific types of fraud and misrepresentation: botanical identity (wrong species) and the product type
itself (solid wood or particleboard, for example.)
U.S. removes and delays
tariffs on some products;
furniture mostly affected
The United States Trade Representative’s
(USTR) office has announced that tariffs will be removed from some Chinese imports.
“Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health,
safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10
percent,” said a USTR release. “Further, as part of USTR’s public comment and
hearing process, it was determined that the tariff should be delayed to December
15 for certain articles.”
The majority of the removed items are furniture products, including wooden
chairs and baby furniture like cradles, bassinets, and toddler beds.
Trump said the delayed tariffs would help shield businesses and consumers from
trade war fallout during the holiday season.
The USTR decision comes soon after China’s retaliation, in which it threatened
to halt shipments of agriculture products. That retaliation came soon after Trump
announced the September 1 tariffs in a Twitter thread.
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