SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Brown has signed the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017, making California the first state to require ingredient labeling both on product labels and online for cleaning products used by millions of consumers and workers.
Unlike retail cosmetics or packaged food, no federal requirements exist for disclosing ingredients in cleaning products, which means this law will raise a new high bar for cleaning product ingredient disclosure not just in California but across the nation.
The Act will require known hazardous chemicals in cleaning products to be listed on both product labels and online. Chemicals found 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.
The Act will require online ingredient listing by January 1, 2020, and on-package disclosure by January 1, 2021, to give manufacturers time to reformulate their products and remove harmful chemicals.
How the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act affects consumers and workers:
- Shoppers can compare two products side by side in the store to see what chemicals they contain and decide which one is right for them, just like they do with food and cosmetics;
- Parents of children with asthma and allergies will be able to see if a product has ingredients that could make their conditions worse;
- Domestic workers and janitors exposed to cleaning products at work all day will be able to advocate for safer alternatives; and
- Cancer survivors who are told to avoid certain chemicals will know if they are present in cleaning products.