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Food And Consumer Products

Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products

The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 doesn’t adequately protect us from harmful chemicals and needs real reform! Learn more and take action today! Tell your members of Congress you want real changes now to protect our health and the health of our families. Below are several legislative step taken in recent years to reform toxic chemical laws.


Cleaning Products Right To Know Act
Time For Cleaning Products To Come Clean On Ingredients
Are there cancer-causing chemicals in your cleaning products? You wouldn’t know, because the majority of cleaners don’t fully disclose their ingredients on the label or online. Read more

Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015

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.

Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013

“To reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes.”For more information, click here.

Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 

“Amends the Toxic Substances Control Act to ensure that risks from chemicals are adequately understood and managed.”For more information, click here.


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." They will be publishing 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 the new law will affect them. 

Oregon Senate Bill 478 of 2015

Senate Bill 478 would require the state of Oregon to maintain a list of chemicals of concern for children’s products, require manufacturers to provide notice of chemicals on the list that they use in children’s products, and eventually require manufacturers to remove or use substitutes for certain chemicals. For more information, click here.

California Senate Bill 763 (Leno) Children’s Products Fact Sheet of 2015

SB 763 will provide consumers with information about whether the children’s products they are purchasing contain added flame retardant chemicals. For more information, click here.



Genetically Modified and Genetically Engineered Food

Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act of 2015

This act “amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem misbranded any food that has been genetically engineered or contains one or more genetically engineered ingredients, unless such information is clearly disclosed”. For more information, click here

Safe and Accurate Food Labelling Act of 2015

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to food produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organism, the labeling of natural foods, and for other purposes.”

Last updated 6-2-2016
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