California Cleaning Products Bill Could Portend Broader Fragrance Disclosure
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
The California Assembly vote in the coming weeks on a bill that would mandate ingredient disclosure for household cleaning products – including fragrance components – a move that could help pave the way for fragrance disclosure in the personal-care industry and other sectors. AB 708 is backed by NGOs including the Environmental Working Group and the Breast Cancer Fund.
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