New York Chemical Regulation: The Consumer Right to Know Act

New York Chemical Regulation: The Consumer Right to Know Act

The Consumer Right to Know Act is a new type of chemical regulation that is likely to be introduced in New York State and could affect manufacturers and retailers of products that could contain carcinogens.

The Consumer Right to Know Act was recently announced in January 2019 and the Governor of New York plans to introduce legislation potentially similar to California's Proposition 65, giving consumers the right to know about any harmful substances in their products:

"Under this proposal, the agencies will assess the feasibility of on-package labelling and develop regulations establishing a labelling requirement for designated products, developing a list of more than 1,000 carcinogens and other chemicals that will trigger labelling and identifying the types of consumer products that will be subject to the new regime."

This new legislation would see the Department of Environmental Conservation working in consultation with the Department of Health and the Department of State to ensure that products that could contain potentially hazardous chemicals are correctly labelled, with the aim of increasing consumer awareness of hazardous chemicals.

Further information about the New York The Consumer Right to Know Act can be found on the New York Governor’s website.

 

Video of the New York Governor Cuomo announcing the proposal for the new regulation.

 

New York is the 4th most populous American state with nearly 20 million people, therefore the impact of the Consumer Right to Know Act could affect businesses which regard New York State as a key target market.

Further information about the legislation will be announced by the New York Governor in due course.

 

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5 March 2019

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