Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Business & Economy

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Pulls Mislabeled Jackets from Utah Stores

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is making retailers pull nearly 700 jackets from their stores after discovering the coats are mislabeled.

Cooler temperatures have finally arrived and that means people are beginning to put on jackets before heading out the door. But investigators in the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food’s Division of Regulatory Services have discovered that some of those jackets might not be what they say they are. The jackets in question are distributed by Alliage Inc. and branded as Rodeo Clothing. They’re sold at western wear chains like Reams and C-A-L Ranch.

“We’ve already dealt with it. Every single piece should be off the floor,” said Pat Mooney.

She’s the Northern Region Merchandise manager for C-A-L Ranch. She says they are just as much a victim as consumers and voluntarily removed the merchandise as soon as they found out.

“It’s a headache for us but it’s the right thing to do for our customers," she said. "We want them to trust us.”

Travis Waller is the Regulatory Services Division Director. He says they began an investigation after noticing that the jacket’s label didn’t include percentages.

“The label indicates that it’s poly/down which would infer that it’s at least 50% down material.”

But, after laboratory testing.

“Of the down material they found in it, the actual down material they found in it was .08%.”

This isn’t the first time the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has had problems with the distributor of the jacket. The state is considering fining them is as much as $300 thousand. Retailers will be allowed to put the jackets back on sale as soon as the distributor replaces the incorrect labels. 

KUER is listener-supported public radio. Support this work by making a donation today.