February 25, 2019

Proposition 65-Like Legislation Introduced In New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has introduced legislation that would allow the New York Department of Health and the New York Department of State to develop a list of more than 1,000 substances that, if found in a product, would require that the product be labeled to warn consumers of potential exposure to carcinogens.

The law would also require manufacturers to publish ingredient information on their websites. Gov. Cuomo said, “Consumers have the right to know what is in the products they use, and requiring labeling on designated products will provide consumers with the information they deserve.” The governor didn’t outline potential penalties for a company’s failure to comply, should the proposed legislation become law. According to the law firm Arendt Fox, the law would be almost identical to the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, commonly known as Proposition 65, which was enacted in November 1986.