NY Seeks Contents, Health Impacts to Cleaners
According to Associated Press reporting, New York state regulators are proposing regulations that would expose ingredients and potential health concerns to cleaning products. The goal to the proposal is to allow consumers to abaility to compare products more thoroughly.
Under draft regulations sent by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to environmental and industry groups for comment, manufacturers would have to disclose the chemical makeup of detergents and other cleaning products. They also would have to tell whether each ingredient has been shown to cause asthma, cancer, reproductive problems, birth defects, skin irritation, eye damage or ozone depletion.
According to the American Cleaning Institute (formerly The Soap and Detergent Association), a law on cleaning product ingredient disclosure is unnecessary, unworkable, and would further strain scarce taxpayer resources. ACI says that an existing industry initiative has led to innovative ways to expand ingredient information to consumers.
Requirements laid out by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) would duplicate and in some cases contradict federal labeling requirements for household and industrial and institutional cleaning products, according to ACI. The Institute questions why the State wants to invest scarce taxpayer dollars in implementing a program that industry is already putting into place.
ACI and other industry representatives met with DEC staff in February to share details about the industry’s proactive efforts to provide ingredient information to consumers through the voluntary Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative and other industry programs. ACI emphasized that the intent of the 1976 law is being addressed by these voluntary programs, and that the current proposal from DEC is unworkable and would not provide consumers with useful information.
“ACI believes that the industry’s Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative correlates highly with the DEC program intent and effectively fulfills the criteria noted. Equally important is the fact that the voluntary nature of the Initiative allows the program to evolve and improve significantly in response to consumer needs.
“The Initiative provides for more disclosure than required under any law for any industry. We have seen very strong participation in the Initiative, with 99% of the cleaning products represented by ACI in compliance, at no burden to the State of New York.”
Consumers can learn more details about the industry’s ingredient communications efforts via ACI’s Ingredient Central at www.cleaninginstitute.org/IngredientCentral.
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