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A Guide to Products Subject to Wool Labeling Rules

Are you familiar with the products subject to wool labeling rules? All products made in whole (or in part) of "wool" or "recycled wool" are considered "wool products" and are subject to compliance with the laws under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939. The legal definitions of these terms are as follows:


Wool is defined as being any of the following fibers:

  • The fiber from the fleece of the sheep or lamb, or

  • The hair of the Angora or Cashmere goat, or

  • The specialty fibers from the hair of the camel, alpaca, llama, and vicuña

when they have never been reclaimed from any woven or felted wool product.

Recycled Wool

Recycled wool is defined as being:

  • The resulting fiber when wool has been woven or felted into a wool product which, without even having been utilized in any way by the ultimate consumer, subsequently has been made into a fibrous state, or

  • The resulting fiber when wool or reprocessed wool has been spun, woven, knitted, or felted into a wool product which, after having been used in any way by the ultimate consumer, subsequently has been made into a fibrous state.

Wool Product

A wool product is defined as being:

  • Any product, or any portion of a product, which contains, purports to contain, or in any way is represented as containing wool or recycled wool

Overall "wool" is an umbrella term used to make reference to all the above types of fibers. These do not include products that are required to be labeled under the "Textile Fiber Product" rules. Being aware of these definitions can help you ensure compliance with the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939.

Ensuring legal compliance with the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 is not just a matter of adhering to regulatory standards, it is a crucial aspect of maintaining transparency and trust in the marketplace. Non-compliance can lead to legal consequences, damage to reputation, and financial liabilities.

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