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November 21, 2014

Many Products at 9/11 Museum Gift Shop Not Made in U.S.A.

Bloomberg reports on the plethora of items for sale at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum's store that are made abroad, generating complaints from some 9/11 families and survivors' groups and a New York congressional representative. Products like I Heart N.Y. mugs, American flag scarves, and toy New York Fire Department trucks are manufactured in Thailand, India, or China.

"The fact that products sold at the 9/11 Memorial Museum are not made in the U.S. is not only upsetting but simply unacceptable," said Rep. Steve Israel, New York Democrat who has sponsored legislation to require shops in national parks to sell only made-in-America wares. His bill has stalled in the House, as has a similar measure proposed by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

The 9/11 museum is run by a private foundation without government funds. A museum official said most of the shop's bestselling items, including postcards, books, and magnets, are made domestically but did not provide supporting evidence, Bloomberg writes. A reporter's walk-through of the store "found precious few items made in the U.S. among the thousands of souvenirs available."