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Cleaning Product Chemical Reporting

Case Number # 1813

Earthjustice is taking Proctor & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, and other household cleaner manufacturing giants to court for refusing to follow a New York state law requiring them to disclose the chemical ingredients in their products and the health risks they pose.
 
The first-of-its-kind case could have national implications. Independent studies into chemicals contained in cleaning products continue to find health effects ranging from nerve damage to hormone disruption. But ingredient disclosure requirements are virtually non-existent in the United States.
 
The exception is this long-forgotten New York state law which requires household cleaner companies selling their products in New York to file semi-annual reports with the state listing the chemicals contained in their products and describing any company research on these chemicals' health and environmental effects.
 
But in the three decades since the 1976 law was passed, companies failed to file a single report. In the fall of 2008, Earthjustice sent letters to more than a dozen companies asking them to comply with the law. The companies targeted in this lawsuit -- Proctor & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Church and Dwight and Reckitt-Benckiser -- each ignored or refused this request.

Press Releases

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Groups want full accounting of nerve and hormone damaging chemicals, even if companies want to keep info secret
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Public interest groups back swift timetable, ‘one-stop shopping’ ingredient info for consumers
Thursday, September 9, 2010
First-of-its kind disclosure cheered by health, consumer, worker, and environmental advocates
Thursday, February 4, 2010
National toxics reform movement grows, even as companies refuse to follow existing law
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Household cleaner giants violated court procedure, case postponed until October
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Victory for consumers follows right-to-know lawsuit filed in February
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Chemical disclosure could protect consumers, advocates fight for transparency