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Cleaning Product Disclosure Bill Barely Passes in California Senate

Cleaning Product Disclosure Bill Barely Passes in California Senate

Author: Jack Schatz/Monday, June 12, 2017/Categories: California Legislation, California Law and Regulation, Prop65

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The California state Senate has passed a bill that would require disclosure of ingredients used consumer and professional cleaning products. 

The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act (SB 258) would require cleaning products to include a label listing ingredients and 'contaminants of concern' along with pictograms communicating potential health concerns about the product ingredients. Manufacturers would also have to provide additional information on a website. 


The bill faces fierce opposition, however.  Similar legislation introduced last year failed to pass in the state Assembly.   SB 258 is opposed by major industry groups, including the American Chemistry Council (ACC), American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA). However, dozens of NGOs and manufacturers of products that already disclose their ingredients support it.


The measure passed the Senate by a whisker, with one vote more than the 21 needed to clear the chamber. Fifteen senators voted against the bill. 

The measure's passage came immediately before the  June 2 deadline for bills to pass out of their chamber of origin. It now moves to the Assembly, where negotiations on the controversial aspects are expected to continue.

 

The bill's author, Sen. Ricardo Lara, called for its approval to "allow us to continue the work we are doing with industry and other stakeholders" to reach an agreement on complexities presented by the bill. 

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Addressing industry concerns, Laura said he agreed that "it doesn't make sense to disclose everything on the physical label itself." He also remarked that the legislation needs to enable businesses to "protect their proprietary information and trade secrets." 

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