NEW YORK — Consumers will get a newly detailed look at exactly what''s in common cleaning products, as regulators plan to start enforcing a nearly 40-year-old state law that would force manufacturers to reveal their products'' contents, according to the Associated Press.
Possibly the only measures of their kind in the country, the 1971 New York law and related regulations call for manufacturers to provide ingredient lists and research on the products'' health and environmental effects, the article stated.
"Due to increased public interest in such information, I have decided to begin the process of implementing the department''s authority to require" the disclosures for all household and commercial cleaning products sold in New York, state Department of Environmental Conservation
(DEC) Commissioner Alexander B. Grannis told the environmental law group Earthjustice
in a September 3 letter.
According to the article, the New York law and resulting regulations authorized the DEC to make manufacturers detail cleaning products'' ingredients, as well as any company-led research on the products'' health and environmental effects.
While the New York law affects only the state, advocates hope it will help spur broader changes in the chemicals in cleaners and other products, the article noted.