NEW YORK — A lawsuit
focusing on the transparency of ingredient listings and the health risks such chemicals pose began today with four large companies in the spotlight, according to a press release
According to the release, Procter & Gamble
, Church & Dwight
all are allegedly refusing to follow a 30-year-old New York State law that requires them to disclose their ingredients and any potential health risks associated with their use.
Ingredient disclosure requirements are virtually non-existent in the United States, with the state of New York being the exception, the release stated.
Erin Switalski, executive director of Women''s Voices for the Earth
, said: "The bottom line is that hazardous ingredients that have not been tested for long-term health impacts, like asthma or even birth defects, are being used in some cleaning products. Consumers have a right to know if they are spraying their kids'' high chairs with toxic chemicals. Without full ingredient disclosure from these companies, there''s simply no way to be sure."
Many national chemical manufacturers are taking note of the proceedings and are choosing to preemptively disclose their ingredient listings in anticipation that the New York State law will grow in reach and soon be adopted nationally, the release noted.
Studies have shown links between chemicals in common cleaners and respiratory irritation, asthma, allergies and other potential health problems, the release added.