Cleaning product ingredient disclosure bill introduced in US Congress
A bill has been reintroduced in the US House of Representatives that would require ingredient disclosure for commercial and consumer cleaning products. Like similar measures considered in past sessions, the Cleaning Product Labeling Act of 2017 (HR 2728) would require the products to bear a label with a "complete and accurate list" of ingredients.
This would include all individual components in dyes, fragrances and preservatives, with each listed in descending order by weight. Additionally, product manufacturers would need to make available on their websites – in English and Spanish – further details on each ingredient, including Cas number and an explanation of its function in the product.
The measure would cover consumer and institutional cleaning products, such as air care and automotive items, disinfectants, and polish or floor maintenance products. Its introduction comes as California considers a similar measure. While backed by an array of NGOs and product manufacturers like the Honest Company, it is opposed by several major industry groups, including the American Chemistry Council (ACC), American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA).
California’s SB 258 passed through its final committee last week, setting up a potential vote in the Senate this week; 2 June is the deadline by which a bill must pass its chamber of origin. Introduction of the federal bill was welcomed by consumer products manufacturer Seventh Generation and the American Sustainable Business Council, among others. It has been referred to the House committees for energy and commerce and for education and the workforce.