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CA Senator Proposes Cleaning Product Right to Know Act

February 27, 2017

California Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) rolled out the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (SB 258) to require detailed ingredient labels on cleaning products sold in the state. The bill will give full disclosure about what is in the products.


 “We trust Californians to check the labels on food, drugs and cosmetics, but you have to be a chemist to know what is in the cleaning products that are under your kitchen sink,” said Senator Lara. “The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act will require companies to come clean about their ingredients so California consumers and domestic workers have the right to know what they are buying and using and can make informed choices.”


The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act is supported by domestic workers, work safety groups, women’s health advocates, environmental and environmental justice groups, public health groups, and makers of cleaning products that already voluntarily release their product ingredients.


The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act will require cleaning products to list ingredients on labels and online, including any hazardous chemicals. Current laws require ingredient listing in foods, drugs and cosmetics, but exclude cleaning products. Proposition 65, passed by voters in 1986, requires that product manufacturers disclose the presence of potentially toxic chemicals, but does not require product labeling.