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Food And Consumer Products

Take Action-Fight for Toxic Free Cosmetics

Americans should be able to trust that cosmetics sold in stores are safe, but right now cosmetics companies can put almost anything in their products, including chemicals linked to cancer and hormone disruption. Read more

Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020:
This amends the Solid Waste Disposal Act to reduce the production and use of certain single-use plastic products and packaging, to improve the responsibility of producers in the design, collection, reuse, recycling, and disposal of their consumer products and packaging, to prevent pollution from consumer products and packaging from entering into animal and human food chains and waterways, and for other purposes.

Cleaning Products Right To Know Act passed in 2017 and goes into effect in 2020! Read more here:

Green Cleaning Products

States with green cleaning laws now include: New York, Connecticut, Nevada, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Maine, Vermont and Hawaii

State legislatures that have introduced green cleaning legislation include: New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, Utah, Alaska, South Dakota, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and Texas

NY State Finance Law §162 of 2014

Mandates that agencies purchase green cleaning products from preferred vendors. For more information, click here.

NY A02096 of 2012

“Relates to the use of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products in nursing homes, residential care facilities, senior centers and adult homes; requires commissioner to establish certain guidelines and criteria for the use of such products.” For more information, click here.

Personal Care Products Safety Act
This act will require personal care product companies to register with the FDA and comply with manufacturing standards. It will also increase ingredient labeling regulations and FDA recall authority. For more information, click here.

S.726 - Personal Care Products Safety Act
A BILL to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety of cosmetics.


Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019: Click here
To amend title VI of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safe use of cosmetics, and for other purposes.


California Safer Consumer Products Regulations of 2013

The State of California approved the Safer Consumer Products Regulations, effective 10/1/2013. A media statement from the Department of Toxic Substances Control said, "The regulations require manufacturers to seek alternative safer chemical ingredients in widely used products. This is one of the first programs of its kind in the world." The regulations call for a list of some 1200 Candidate Chemicals and a list of proposed Priority Products.

The GreenBiz article, “What you need to know about California's new consumer products law” explains to businesses how these regulations will affect them. 

Oregon’s Toxic-Free Kids Act was passed in 2015.  It requires manufacturers of children's products sold or offered for sale in Oregon to report products containing one or more High Priority Chemicals of Concern for Children's Health (HPCCCH) if found at or above specific (de minimis) levels in those products.

Washington State’s Children’s Safe Products Act was signed in 2008, and includes three main components: It limits the amount of lead, cadmium and phthalates allowed in children’s products offered for sale in the State of Washington, identifies high priority chemicals of concern for children (CHCCs) and requires manufacturers of children’s products to report on their use of high priority chemicals and amends RCW 43.70.660 and authorizes DOH to conduct a product safety education campaign regarding children’s products that contain CHCCs. 

Flame Retardants: Flame retardant legislation has been passed in many states across the country. For a full list of states, bills and their status, please click here for tracking info from SaferStates. 

California passed a 2018 bill (AB 2998) to regulate flame retardants in four categories of consumer products: juvenile products, mattresses, upholstered furniture and re-upholstered furniture. The new law is effective as of Jan. 1, 2020. 

Genetically Modified and Genetically Engineered Food

The GMO food labelling law passed in 2016. For details on what the law means, click here the Smithsonian Magazine article. 

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act passed in 2016


Last updated 3-4-2020
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