If History Is Any Indication, New Labeling Bills Will Be Facing An Uphill Battle
The push and pull between consumer advocates who say people deserve to know what's in their products and companies usually results in the proposed legislation dying in the Legislature.
The Mercury News:
In California Battles Over Product Labels, Industry Usually Wins
Nail polish and hair dye. Cleaning products. Plants and flowers for the garden. California lawmakers have been considering new labels for them, triggering an annual conflict in the Capitol over how much to tell people about what they buy at the store or use at work. The bills reflect a recurring tension in the statehouse: Environmentalists and consumer advocates argue that people have a right to know what’s in everyday products, while industry lobbyists say putting too much information on a label could harm sales by creating unfounded fear. In most cases, industry wins. (Rosenhall, 6/5)