News Release

Nov 17, 2011
Rep. Israel Introduces Cleaning Product Right-to-Know Act, Legislation to Require Ingredient Labeling for Cleaning Products

New Study Reveals Toxins, Carcinogens and Allergens Hidden in Products Used Around Our Homes

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Rep. Steve Israel (D – NY) announced the introduction of the Cleaning Product Right-to-Know Act, legislation that will require ingredient labeling for domestic, commercial and institutional cleaning products. “

Our cabinets are full of soaps and cleaners that we assume improve our homes and health. However, new research shines a light on the secret chemicals that might be doing more harm than good. You have a right to know what’s hiding in your household products. That’s why I’m introducing legislation to require full disclosure of the ingredients in everyday cleaning products,” said Rep. Israel.

“Congressman Israel has led the way with an extremely important piece of legislation, the Cleaning Product Right-to-Know Act. As we work to reduce our risk of diseases like breast cancer, it’s critical to know which products are safe to choose for our families,” said Karen Joy Miller, founder and president of the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition.

A new study of everyday cleaning products published today by Women’s Voices for the Earth found the following:

Published January 23, 2010 by the Examiner

Maria Adcock , Long Island New Moms Examiner
January 23, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently expressed heightened concern about the health risks of bisphenol-A, or BPA, a chemical used in the production of many plastic household goods.

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Signed sealed and delivered – July 30, 2010
Governor Paterson signs BPA-Free Children and Babies Act

Long Island Legislators Work Together To Ensure Child Safe Products
NYS Assembly member Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) author of the BPA Free Children and Babies Act with strong support from Assembly Environmental Conservation Chair, Bob Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and co-sponsor Antoine Thompson (D -Buffalo,) Senate Environmental Conservation Chair put their political muscle behind this important legislation receiving unanimous votes from both houses. On Friday, July 30th NYS Governor Paterson signed into law a ban that will reduce childhood exposure to the chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA). Many advocate groups across New York State worked tirelessly to make sure this legislation became reality. This is an historic win for families in New York State.

“Beginning December first, two thousand thirteen, no person, firm, partnership, association, limited liability company or corporation shall sell or offer for sale any child care product intended for use by a child three years of age or younger containing TRIS.”

Albany, NY (July 30, 2011)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will sign a law to prohibit the sale of child care products containing the flame retardant chemical TRIS which has been known to cause cancer in test animals and has been banned for decades from children’s clothing.

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