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Union Calls for Labeling of Woolen Sweaters Produced Abroad

The Húsavík Labor Union Office challenges Minister for Industry and Innovation Steingrímur J. Sigfússon to establish clear rules on country-of-origin labeling for products such as woolen sweaters, or lopapeysa, which are produced abroad with Icelandic wool and then sold in Iceland.

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The union sent a letter to the minister requesting a meeting. They argue that consumers have the right to know where the products they purchase are made, especially souvenirs which tourists assume are made in Iceland, mbl.is reports.

In July, it was reported that some traditional Icelandic wool sweaters available for sale in Iceland are in fact made in China.

The news caused much controversy with some arguing that sweaters knitted abroad should not be labeled as Icelandic and that the practice undermines job opportunities in Iceland.

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