Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer Introduces Labelling Legislation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Californians Should Know What Chemicals Are In Household Products

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Continuing the push for consumer protections, Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. has introduced legislation to disclose all ingredients contained in household products on the container label as well as on the manufacturer’s website.

“There are a great deal of chemicals in commonly used household products that may cause health conditions in individuals exposed to them for extended periods,” said Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer. “With so many Californians coming into contact with these chemicals on a daily basis, they have a right to know what is in their cleaning products.”

Disproportionately low-wage workers, women, immigrants, and people of color work in much needed service industries that require complex and often hazardous cleaning solutions. However, all ingredients are not always listed on the labels. Assembly Bill 708 would require that manufacturers clearly identify ingredients in common household products, particularly cleaning products, air care products, automotive products, and floor maintenance products. By being open and transparent, consumers can make an informed choice about the types of products they want to buy and use in their households and local businesses.

“We applaud Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer for introducing AB 708,” said Bill Allayaud, California Director of Government Affairs for the Environmental Working Group. “The growing demand by consumers for the right-to-know what is in their products is based on their legitimate need to protect themselves and their families from potentially harmful chemicals.” 

"Cleaning products are a toxic mess. Getting rid of germs and odors should make your home healthier, but many cleaners contain chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other diseases. This bill will make cleaning products safer for families and send a signal to manufacturers that toxic household cleaners are no longer welcome in California," said Nancy Buermeyer, senior policy strategist for the Breast Cancer Fund.

“The successful passage of this bill will underscore our state’s dedication to public health by reducing environmental toxicants in our communities, especially among the underserved and disadvantaged,” said Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer. “It is my aim to improve the quality of life for each and every Californian.”

Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. is a Democrat representing areas of Los Angeles, including the communities of Huntington Park, Walnut Park and Florence-Firestone.