(Image courtesy of Commondreams.org.)ALBANY, NY (09/09/2010)(readMedia)-- For the first time, the State of New York will begin requiring household cleaning companies to reveal the chemical ingredients in their products and any health risks they pose.
The move was triggered by public health and environmental advocates, who urged New York's Department of Environmental Conservation to enforce disclosure requirements dating back more than 30 years. Independent studies show a link between many chemicals commonly found in cleaning products and health effects ranging from nerve damage to hormone disruption. With growing concern about the potential hazards of chemicals in these products, the advocates mounted a campaign pressing the State to uphold consumers' right to know and begin enforcing the 33-year-old law.