Letter to Canada’s Health Minister

As a follow up to yesterday’s post here is the info and letter on the David Suzuki Queen of Green take action page:

Tell Canada’s Health Minister to come clean about the toxic ingredients in our household cleaners

You should know what chemicals are in your household cleaning products. But there is no Canadian law that requires manufacturers to disclose the full list of ingredients. And while there are symbols to warn us about acute hazards, there is no requirement to warn about chronic health and environmental hazards of chemicals in our cleaning products.

Better labelling isn’t unreasonable. Canada’s Cosmetic Regulations require that ingredients in personal care products must be on the label in a standard format. Shouldn’t the same, enforceable requirements apply to the products you use to clean the home where your family eats, plays, bathes and sleeps?

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. Send a letter to Minister Leona Aglukkaq, calling on her to get moving on product labeling and convene this committee in time for the Act’s first birthday.

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.

Today’s “stone” is  Day 269  another issue, another letter signed, taking action


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