FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2014
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Bosworth Joins with Rep. Israel as He Introduces Legislation to Require Labeling for Cleaning Products
Study reveals toxins, carcinogens and allergens exist in everyday cleaning products, but packaging not required to list ingredients
Port Washington, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth recently joined with Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) as he announced the introduction of the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act, legislation that would require ingredient labeling for domestic, commercial and institutional cleaning products. Under the current law, cleaning products are not required to disclose ingredients.
“Consumers are more aware and health conscious than ever before and that includes the cleaning products that they bring into their homes,” said Bosworth. “We all have an obligation to ourselves and our families to know what is contained in these products. I applaud Congressman Israel’s leadership on this important health and safety issue. It will provide consumers with the information they need to make the best choices.”
Rep. Israel’s legislation would require full-ingredient labeling on a product or its packaging. Manufacturers would also be required to provide a list of each product’s ingredients online. Products covered by the legislation include, but are not limited to: air care products, automotive products, polishes or floor maintenance products, and disinfectants. Ingredients must be listed in descending order of predominance by weight. Cleaning products whose label does not contain a complete and accurate list of all the product’s ingredients will be treated as a misbranded hazardous substance under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.
Port Washington resident Amanda Khalil; Dr. Star Anthony, Environmental Chair of Port Washington/Manhasset League of Women Voters; Congressman Steve Israel; Ken Spaeth, MD, Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at North Shore-LIJ Health System; Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Patti Wood, Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education.