Manufacturers Tackle Ingredient Disclosure Requests
SC Johnson recently announced an initiative to reveal the fragrance ingredients in its consumer products down to 0.01 percent of content. But according to Chemical Watch reports, the disclosure program doesn't yet extend to SC Johnson Professional brands, which are marketed to commercial distributors and building service contractors.
Under California’s Cleaning Products Right to Know Act, all ingredients in cleaning products — including those for professional use — must be shared on manufacturer websites by Jan. 1, 2020, and on product labels one year later.
Alexandra Scranton, director of science and research at the US NGO, Women Voices for the Earth, called SC Johnson "a leader" for coming into compliance for consumer products, but questioned why it wasn’t extended to its professional range. According to Scranton, disclosure of ingredients to cleaning workers is a crucial step towards improving worker health and allowing them to avoid potential harm.
Kelly Semrau, a vice president at SC Johnson, said SC Johnson Professional will disclose ingredients by 2020, and is evaluating the best ways to provide ingredient information to professional users.
According to reports, SC Johnson Professional is "lagging behind" other commercial brands in terms of disclosures. Clorox Professional currently discloses basic ingredients for its Clorox Commercial Solutions products, and Reckitt Banckiser does so for its Lysol Professional products. Neither company is currently disclosing fragrance ingredients for their commercial products, with the exception of some fragrance allergens.
Brian Sansoni, a vice president at the American Cleaning Institute, said companies are in the process of meeting the ingredient disclosure requirements by the dates required by the law for both consumer and commercial cleaning products.
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