January 1st 2020 was the deadline cleaning products companies had for disclosing ingredients online. For many products, this is the first time this ingredient information has ever been publicly available.
Testing results underscore the need for companies to disclose what ingredients they use in these products AND the need to clean up the supply chain to help reduce contaminants.
New York is set to be the first state in the nation to require period product makers to disclose ingredients. There is no federal requirement to do so, and only a few companies provide this vital information. A.164-A, introduced by Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), and S.2387-B, introduced by Senator Roxanne J. Persaud (D-District 19), passed both houses of the NYS legislature.
If passed, SB 312 will be the first bill in the nation to require disclosure of fragrance ingredients for personal care and professional salon products.
Fragrances and flavors are found in thousands of beauty and personal care products, yet there is no state or federal regulatory oversight of the safety of these ingredients. Furthermore no federal law requires the disclosure of fragrance or flavor ingredients to consumers, manufacturers or even regulatory agencies. This labeling loophole allows dozens – sometimes even hundreds – of chemicals to hide under the word ‘fragrance’ on product labels.
With the so-called Accurate Label Act, chemical manufacturers want to take away gains made on your right to know and your ability to choose safer products. Protect your right to know!
New cleaning products ingredient disclosure victories in NY and CA have key differences, but complement each other well and provide critical ingredient information we can use to decide what products to bring into our homes and workplaces.
In a major victory for consumer and worker right to know, Governor Brown has signed into law a bill that requires manufacturers of a wide array of cleaning products to disclose their ingredients. The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 258, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens) requires the ingredients in cleaning products – particularly chemicals whose ability to harm human health or the environment has been recognized by established scientific authoritative bodies – to be listed on both product labels and online. Under this law, the mandatory disclosure also applies to ingredients in fragrance mixtures, which have been tightly-held secrets until now.