Divulging consumer product information

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 30, 2008 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

SB 509 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto), Consumer Product Content Information, is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, June 4, before the Assembly Business and Professions Committee.  This two-year bill (introduced in 2007) requires consumer product manufacturers or wholesalers to maintain a website and post all substances contained in that product by more than 1/10th of 1 percent, identified by a number or other unique reference, by March 31, 2009.

 
The bill was amended and narrowed on May 27th to deal with four specific categories of consumer products:
    •    Air care products –chemically formulated consumer products designed to affect indoor air. 

    •    Automotive products –chemically formulated consumer products designed to maintain the appearance of a motor vehicle. 

    •    Cleaning products –soaps, detergents, or other chemically formulated products designed for personal hygiene, fabric care, dish or other ware washing or surface cleaning.

    •    Polish or floor maintenance products –chemically formulated consumer products such as polish, waxes or restorers, designed to polish, protect, or maintain furniture, floors, metal, leather, or other surfaces.
CMTA and others are working with the author and his staff to craft a more acceptable bill.  Problems still remain in its current form:
    1.    Clarification and flexibility concerning which naming systems can be used;
    2.    Flexibility for information dissemination (labeling/web);
    3.    Compliance date;
    4.    Maintaining privacy of confidential business information; and
    5.    A mechanism to avoid lawsuits when acting in good faith.
     
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