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In October 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill No. 258, the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017. The Act requires manufacturers of cleaning products to disclose ingredient information on the product label and the manufacturer’s website. The product label is also required to list the manufacturer’s toll-free telephone number and web address where additional information about the product may be found.
The Act applies to air fresheners/odor removers, automotive cleaning products, general cleaning products including soap and detergents for fabric, dishes, and hard surfaces, as well as polish products and floor maintenance products that are sold in the state of California. The Act covers products sold for household, institutional, or commercial purposes. The scope does not include food, drugs, and cosmetics, including personal hand soaps, as well as industrial products, and trial samples.
For the purposes of the Act, manufacturers are defined as either a “person who manufactures the product and whose name appears on the product label or a person or entity that the product is manufactured for or distributed by, as identified on the product label per FPLA requirements.” Therefore, under the Act, the distributor may be responsible for listing the ingredient information on the product label and their website, not the company that actually makes the product.
The manufacturer’s website shall include ingredient information on or after January 1, 2020 and the product label shall disclose ingredient information on or after January 1, 2021. However, a product may be deemed in acceptable after the compliance date if it lists a manufacture date or manufacture date code.
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It should be noted that New York State is also working on a Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program. The comment period for the New York draft guidance closed on July 14, 2017.
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