Cleaning Product Right to Know Act Passes Assembly – California Closer to Being First in Nation to Require Ingredient Labeling

September 12, 2017

Senate Bill 258 has support of consumer advocates and major manufacturers

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), passed the California Assembly 54-14. Senate Bill 258 would make California the first state to require ingredient labeling for common cleaning products used by millions of consumers and workers every day.

The Senate, which approved SB 258 in May, must approve the final version by September 15 to send the bill to Governor Brown.

“California will be the first in the nation to clear the air for consumers and workers about what is in their cleaning products,” said Senator Lara. “Consumers are demanding transparency and the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act will set a strong national standard. Consumer advocates and manufacturers worked together to disclose potentially harmful ingredients while allowing businesses to protect proprietary information and retain some flexibility.”

The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act would require most chemicals in cleaning products to be listed on both product labels and online. Chemicals in cleaning products have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, asthma and other serious health effects, and ingredient labeling responds to consumers’ demand for transparency.

A poll commissioned by bill sponsors showed 78% of California voters support requiring ingredient disclosure.

Federal regulations do not require manufacturers to disclose most ingredients in cleaning products.

Consumer advocates and industry representatives met for more than six months to reach a compromise that gives consumers and workers ingredient information about known chemicals of concern while ensuring that businesses are able to protect valid proprietary information for other chemicals.

Senate Bill 258 is co-sponsored by consumer and environmental advocates Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Environmental Working Group, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Women’s Voices for the Earth and has the support of leading manufacturers of cleaning products including Honest Company, Seventh Generation, Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson, RB - Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever, Eco Lab WD-40, fragrance maker Givaudan, and the Consumer Specialty Products Association, the trade association representing major manufacturers.

See below for a full list of supporting groups.

 

Cleaning Product Right to Know Act (Senate Bill 258)

 

SPONSORS

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

Environmental Working Group

Natural Resources Defense Council

Women’s Voices for the Earth

 

SUPPORTERS

American Academy of Pediatrics, California

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The American Federal of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

American Lung Association of California

American Sustainable Business Council

Beautycounter

Black Women for Wellness

Blue Green Alliance

California Association of Professional Scientists

California Domestic Workers Coalition

California Environmental Justice Alliance

California Federation of Teachers

California Health Nail Salon Collaborative

California Labor Federation

California Immigrant Policy Center

California Pan Ethnic Health Network

California Product Stewardship Council

California Public Interest Research Group

California School Employees Association

California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (CalDerm)

California State PTA

California Teachers Association

CALPIRG

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Environmental Health

CHANGE Coalition

City and County of San Francisco, Department of the Environment

Clean Production Action

Coalition for Clean Air

Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center

Community Action to Fight Asthma

Consumer Attorneys of California

Consumer Federation of California

Consumer Specialty Products Association

Clean Water Action

Courage Campaign

Dignity Health

Eco Lab

Environmental California

Friends of the Earth US

Givaudan

Green Science Policy Institute

The Honest Company

Health Care Without Harm

Healthy Building Network

Institute of Popular Education of Southern California

Investor Environmental Health Network

Meliora Cleaning Products

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health

Pacoima Beautiful

Pesticide Action Network North America

Physicians for Social Responsibility, SF Bay Area

Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles

Procter & Gamble

RB - Reckitt Benckiser

Regional Asthma Management and Revention

SC Johnson

Service Employees International Union

Seventh Generation

Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust

Sierra Club

Sierra Club California

Silent Spring Institute

Stop Waste

The Non Toxic Revolution

Thrive Market

Turning Green

UNITE-HERE, AFL-CIO (see p. 6 of letter)

Unilever

United Steelworkers District 12

Voices for Progress Education Fund

WD40

Work Safe Inc