Guam – Governor Eddie Calvo has signed into law both of Senator Judi Guthertz’s Guam Product Seal laws.
Last Friday, the Governor signed Bill 226 into law which requires that perishable products labeled ‘Guam,’ ‘Chamorro’ or derivatives there of show the actual country of origin on the front of the product.
And on Monday, the Governor also signed Bill 227 into law which creates a task force, under Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio who is the keeper of the Guam Seal. The task of the task force will be to keep the ‘Made in Guam’ requirements on track.
In a release, Senator Guthertz Senator Guthertz said she presented the new laws “as a matter of ethics and fair treatment of tourists” and in order “to protect … local manufacturers and businesses. “
READ Senator Guthertz’s reelase in FULL below:
Governor Calvo signs new laws guaranteeing made in Guam perishable products are actually made in Guam, as urged by Senator Guthertz
In an unusual two-way display of courtesy between the Governor’s office and the Legislature, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo has signed two bills into law ahead of schedule at the request of Senator Judi Guthertz who introduced them.
In a letter to Governor Calvo, Senator Guthertz asked that he sign off on Bills 226 and 227 which she said, “are of great importance to the future identity of the island’ culture and heritage and will help to ensure that we positively promote all that is GUAM.”
Guthertz said that Bill 226 only requires that perishable products labeled ‘Guam,’ ‘Chamorro’ or derivatives there of show the actual country of origin on the front of the product. This simple premise proved very controversial with marketers selling products bearing the Guam or Chamorro name that are actually produced in China, Indonesia or other countries at much lower cost.
Manufacturers who actually produce their wares on Guam have complained about such ‘knock-off’ practices for years and many have gone out of business as a result of the competition.
Governor Calvo signed Bill 226 on Friday. On Monday, he signed Bill 227, a companion measure that creates a task force intended to keep the ‘Made in Guam’ requirements on track under the guidance of the Lt. Governor, who by law is keeper of the Great Seal of Guam.
Senator Guthertz has presented the new laws as needed as a matter of ethics and fair treatment of tourists as to protect of local manufacturers and businesses.
“Please join me in ensuring that Guam’s consumers, particularly our tourists, are not misled when they buy consumable products and that they are treated fairly,” Guthertz wrote to the Governor. “Let us protect our island’s reputation as a respectable marketplace in serving our visitors.”
“The island is in a renaissance of sorts with regard to emphasizing our island’s culture and heritage. Led by the Guam Visitor’s Bureau, and its “We are Guam” movement, there is now more awareness about how proud we should all be to call Guam home.”