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ACI release 3.2

March 2, 2011

ACI: New York Ingredient Disclosure Proposal Unnecessary and Unworkable

WASHINGTON, D.C., – New York State’s plans to implement a 35-year old law on cleaning product ingredient disclosure is unnecessary, unworkable, and would further strain scarce taxpayer resources, according to the American Cleaning Institute® (formerly The Soap and Detergent Association).

ACI – which represents the U.S. cleaning products industry – says that an existing industry initiative has led to innovative ways to expand ingredient information to consumers.

Requirements laid out by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) would duplicate and in some cases contradict federal labeling requirements for household and industrial and institutional cleaning products, according to ACI. The Institute questions why the State wants to invest scarce taxpayer dollars in implementing a program that industry is already putting into place.

ACI and other industry representatives met with DEC staff in February to share details about the industry’s proactive efforts to provide ingredient information to consumers through the voluntary Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative and other industry programs. ACI emphasized that the intent of the 1976 law is being addressed by these voluntary programs, and that the current proposal from DEC is unworkable and would not provide consumers with useful information.

“ACI believes that the industry’s Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative correlates highly with the DEC program intent and effectively fulfills the criteria noted. Equally important is the fact that the voluntary nature of the Initiative allows the program to evolve and improve significantly in response to consumer needs.

“The Initiative provides for more disclosure than required under any law for any industry. We have seen very strong participation in the Initiative, with 99% of the cleaning products represented by ACI in compliance, at no burden to the State of New York.”

Consumers can learn more details about the industry’s ingredient communications efforts via ACI’s Ingredient Central at

The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI - formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI ( and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.