The examples and perspective in this article deal primarily with the United States and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject. (August 2021)
A law label is a legally required tag or label on new items describing the fabric and filling regulating the United States mattress, upholstery, and stuffed article (e.g., pillows, plush toys, comforters, etc.) industry. Typically these tags begin with a phrase such as This tag may not be removed under penalty of law except by the consumer. Some states require tags on used bedding as well.
The purpose of the law label is to inform the consumer of the hidden contents, or "filling materials" inside bedding and furniture products. The law label was born in the early 1900s to prevent these articles from being further manufactured with contents such as horse hair, corn husks and whatever else a manufacturer could find to use that the consumer would never see, similar to food labeling.
The wording of the warnings printed on some law labels has caused a common misconception in the USA that removing such a label under any circumstance is a crime, prohibiting consumers from removing labels from items they have purchased. Especially contributing to this confusion was that originally the wording on such labels did not contain the phrase except by consumer.
- International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials – Organization of state officials who are responsible for the enforcement of consumer oriented bedding and furniture laws in their respective states.
- Minnesota Statutes 325F.31: Bedding to be labeled. – Legal requirements in Minnesota for labeling new or remanufactured bedding.
- Minnesota Statutes 325F.28: Material must be renovated. – A legal definition of requirements in Minnesota for sterilizing and renovating old mattresses.