Cleaning Product Labels: Full Disclosure

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

-Theodore Roosevelt-

Through the Queen of Green I have been made aware that, in Canada, many big brand name household cleaners aren’t listing all their ingredients on the label — especially those that may pose long-term health
and environmental risks to our families.  Full disclosure of ingredients and safety risks on household cleaning product labels is extremely important to the health and safety of all.
So I visited http://www.springbreakup.ca/ to join the David Suzuki Foundation’s Spring Breakup campaign and send a letter to Canada’s Health Minister.  Right now there is no Canadian law that requires manufacturers to disclose the full list of ingredients on cleaning product labels.  They are required to use symbols warning of acute hazards but chronic health and environmental hazards are not included.

As stated on that site:  “the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, created on June 11, 2011, requires Canada’s Health Minister to establish a committee to provide advice on the labelling of consumer products. And yet, almost a year later, no committee has been convened.”

The Minister of Health needs to be called to action on this matter. You can send a letter yourself by email to Honourable Leona Aglukkaq – Minister of Health:   Aglukkaq.L@parl.gc.ca  or go to the David Suzuki Foundation site to email from their page.  This is the letter that I sent through the David Suzuki Foundation website; verbatim as composed by them it states exactly what needs to be done:

Dear Minister Aglukkaq,

Congratulations on the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act entering into force last June!

To fulfill the purpose of this law “to protect the public by addressing or preventing dangers to human health or safety that are posed by consumer products in Canada,” please introduce enforceable standards that require manufacturers to list all ingredients on labels of home cleaning products and provide warnings about environmental and chronic health hazards on product packaging.

Cleaning is supposed to be about maintaining a healthy home, yet some common household cleaning products contain chemicals that can harm human health, and pollute our air, water, and soil.

Section 67 of the Act requires you, the Minister, to “establish a committee to provide him or her with advice on matters in connection with the administration of this Act, including the labelling of consumer products.”

As the first anniversary of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act approaches, I call on you to convene this committee, ensure that it includes broad stakeholder representation, and require that it make recommendations on strengthening Canada’s ingredient disclosure and hazard labelling requirements within a time-limited mandate.

I have the right to know what’s in the products I consume, and what, if any, hazards they present.

I hope that more people will join me and take a few minutes to send a call to action letter on this topic today.

Today’s “stone” is  Day 110    clean green, clean safely, be aware

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2 thoughts

  1. If the world ever sees a day when Green energy wins over oil and coal, etc., we will have you, for one, to thank, as you are never stilled. Your voice is advocating for everyone. Thank you.

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