NGO Highlights ‘Toxic’ Cleaning Product Chemicals Disclosed In California; Next Up, Personal Care
Women’s Voices for the Earth says California’s Cleaning Product Right to Know Act, which influenced similar legislation enacted last year for cosmetic fragrance and flavor ingredients, has revealed toxic substances long hidden from the general public that disproportionately impact marginalized groups.
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Trade secret protections for fragrance ingredients in consumer products have been under pressure for years as consumers’ “right to know” has ascended over competitive business interests. California’s newly enacted SB 312 imposes substantial new ingredient-reporting duties on cosmetic product manufacturers, including disclosure of fragrance allergens restricted in Europe.
Cleaning product legislation en route to Governor Jerry Brown's desk does not affect cosmetics, but includes a framework for fragrance ingredient disclosure reached through extensive industry/NGO negotiations. The model could inspire other states, as well as major retailers seeking fragrance transparency from cosmetic brands they carry.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control does not identify specific chemicals of concern in its 2021-2023 Priority Product Draft Work Plan, but says it is focusing on ingredients and endpoints associated with children, women of childbearing age, communities of color and aquatic impacts.