As Walmart markets their “Made in USA” summit, research shows retailer continues to lie about foreign-made products
Washington, DC — While Walmart holds its so-called U.S. Manufacturing Summit this week, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the national campaign change Walmart into a more responsible company, released the following statement:
“It’s the height of hypocrisy for Walmart to tout their ‘Made in the USA’ claims this week,” said Jess Levin, communications director at MCAW.
“Walmart is not investing in America, rather, its purchasing sends hundreds of thousands of jobs to China. They also continue to falsely label products with foreign origins on its website, despite promising to quit this deceptive practice. Walmart can hold summits and announce American ‘open-calls’ all they want, but it is not solving the problem. We will continue to call out the real truth and fight for American jobs and workers.”
TruthInAdvertising.org (TINA) found that even after Walmart told the Federal Trade Commission that it would stop misrepresenting foreign products as “Made in the USA” on their website, there are still at least 100 false and deceptive U.S.-origin claims on Walmart.com that prove Walmart is still attempting to deceive customers.
Additionally, Walmart remains the nation’s number one importer, according to a 2015 report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The EPI report also found that Walmart’s trade deficit with China alone eliminated or displaced over 400,000 U.S. jobs between 2001 and 2013.
- “You Still Can’t Trust Walmart’s Made in USA Claims,” TruthInAdvertising.org, 6/28/16
- “A Conservative Estimate of ‘The Wal-Mart Effect,’” Economic Policy Institute, 12/9/2015
- Walmart Jobs in U.S. Manufacturing Portal: http://engage.walmart-jump.com/