NY State of the State Signals Progress

Clean and Healthy New York applauds Personal Care Product Ingredient Disclosure Proposal in Governor Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State

Clean and Healthy New York, New York’s premier environmental health advocacy organization, was pleased to note Governor Cuomo’s ongoing commitment to ensuring all New Yorkers are aware of and protected from toxic chemicals in their homes, schools, and workplaces.

“As the New York organization that leads the charge for market transparency and continuous corporate improvement, we applaud Governor Cuomo’s clear commitment to protecting people from toxic chemicals in products they use every day, and his acknowledgement of their right to know what is in the products they buy and use,” said Kathleen Curtis, LPN, executive director of Clean and Healthy New York. "Giving people information about personal care products using the same framework as New York proposes for cleaning products (the guidance is under final review) will be a huge boon to New Yorkers and people across the country."

The Governor’s 2018 State of the State book states the following (p.245):

Proposal: Protect New Yorkers from Toxic Chemicals in Personal Care Products

Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has made unprecedented commitments to protecting the public and the environment from exposure to potentially harmful chemicals found in everyday consumer products. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo spearheaded a new initiative that will make New York the first state in the nation to require all manufacturers of household cleaning products sold in New York to disclose chemical ingredients on their websites.

The urgency for state protection is all the greater now that the federal approach to regulating toxic chemicals is heading in the opposite direction. New Yorkers use a wide variety of personal care products every day and are likely unaware that some of these products contain potentially harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde and toluene in nail polish, coal tar in dandruff shampoo and parabens in moisturizers and facial cleansers.

Governor Cuomo will propose legislation to require the manufacturers of personal care products sold in the State to make product ingredient information publicly available in a clear and easy to use web format. In addition, manufacturers will be required to list those chemical ingredients which have been identified by other state, federal or international jurisdictions as posing a hazard to human health. A centralized database of manufacturer disclosure websites will be maintained by New York in partnership with the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse. These initiatives will empower consumers by providing them with the information they need to make well-informed decisions regarding the chemicals their families are exposed to daily. By requiring industry to be more transparent and better educating consumers, this action will encourage manufacturers to find innovative ways to either replace or remove potentially harmful chemicals from their products.

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