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Democratic Lawmaker Advocates Transparency For Household Cleaning Products

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A Democratic lawmaker from Southern California is advocating for household cleaning products to list their ingredients on labels.

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) says some chemicals in cleaning products can cause adverse side effects such as asthma or cancer. The reproductive systems of women - whom Lara notes tend to deal with such products more often - can also be negatively affected.
 
"You already have such a vulnerable population that is subjected to utilizing these products," says Lara.
 
He also says that people who do such work for a living deserve to know what potentially dangerous chemicals they're dealing with.
 
"And so it's important for us to, at the state level, ensure their health and safety and that we are properly disclosing these products so that their employers can make the appropriate decisions," says Lara.
 
However, the American Cleaning Institute, which represents the makers of cleaning products, says in a statement that the bill is "completely unnecessary", and argues that many of the companies already disclose their ingredients online. 

Daniel Potter

Reporter

Daniel Potter started out as an intern at Nashville Public Radio, where he worked as a general assignment reporter for six years, covering everything from tornadoes to the statehouse.   Read Full Bio 

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