FTC labeling laws take effect

By | January 15, 2009
New federal pump labeling laws took effect Dec. 16. The Federal Trade Commission requires labels to be displayed on all retail biodiesel pumps selling more than a 5 percent blend of biodiesel. The purpose of the labeling is to inform "consumers of the percent of biomass-based diesel or biodiesel that is contained in the biomass-based diesel blend or biodiesel blend that is offered for sale, as determined by the FTC."

The FTC labeling requirement together with the recent success of the biodiesel industry at ASTM International will provide easier access to the fuels marketplace for biodiesel. In fact, as the industry moves forward, biodiesel blends of 5 percent or less are simply considered part of the conventional diesel fuel pool and will meet the same ASTM D 975 performance requirements.

Three categories of biodiesel blends or biomass-based diesel blends are addressed in the ruling:

›No Label Required: Fuel blends containing no more than 5 percent biodiesel and no more than 5 percent biomass-based diesel and that meet ASTM D 975.

›Labels Required: Fuel blends containing more than 5 percent but no more than 20 percent biodiesel or biomass-based diesel.

›Labels Required: Fuel blends containing more than 20 percent biodiesel or biomass-based diesel.

There are separate labels for biodiesel and biomass-based diesel.

The NBB has an issue brief located at www.biodiesel.org.

The official labels are available for $1 at www.allthingsbiodiesel.com. The site also features other marketing materials such as a pump topper kit.
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