Bill to Disclose Ingredients in Cleaning Products Gets Hearing

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, March 29 at 9:30 a.m., the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee will consider the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (SB-258).

Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens introduced the legislation to require manufacturers to disclose cleaning product ingredients and contaminants, including the chemicals used in fragrance mixtures, both on product labels and online. This goes far beyond voluntary efforts by companies, which still hide potentially hazardous chemicals with the term “fragrance.” 

Consumers and professional cleaning workers have a right to know what’s in the products they buy and use. Some chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to cancer, infertility, birth defects, asthma, allergies and burns, but companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their products.

If the bill passes, it would be the first such law to take effect in the nation.

The legislation is co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, the Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth.

WHO: Sen. Ricardo Lara

Nancy Buermeyer, Senior Policy Strategist for Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

Representative from SEIU

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. PDT, Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WHERE: California State Capitol

1315 10th St.

Room 3191

Sacramento, CA 95814

Senate Committee Hearings are live-streamed at


Experts will be available for interviews. To speak with:

Bill Allayaud, EWG’s California director of government affairs, contact Monica Amarelo at (202) 939-9140 or [email protected].

Nancy Buermeyer, senior policy strategist at Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, contact Erika Wilhelm, (415) 539-5005, [email protected].

Jamie McConnell, director of programs and policy at Women’s Voices for the Earth, contact Beth Conway, (406) 543-3747, [email protected]

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Breast Cancer Prevention Partners is the leading national organization working to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. Learn more

EWG is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Its mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Learn more at

Women’s Voices for the Earth is a national environmental health organization that works to amplify women’s voices to eliminate toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities. Learn more at

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