Food / Product Safety

CFC supports stronger enforcement of food and product safety standards, country of origin labeling, and trade agreements that protect consumers, workers and the environment.

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CFC-sponsored garage safety law enrolled

August 20, 2018

Governor Brown received Senate Bill 969, a new law designed to save lives in home fires. The Consumer Federation of California sponsored SB 969 by Senator Bill Dodd, which requires newly sold or installed electric garage door openers to be equipped with a battery backup to prevent people…

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CFC supports the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act (SB 258)

May 25, 2017

SB 258 (Lara) would bring transparency to cleaning product labeling, helping consumers make informed choices.

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CFC supports worker right to know about toxics in cosmetics (AB 1575)

May 22, 2017

Manufacturers must list ingredients on the labels of cosmetics sold at the retail level (like a Target or Walgreen’s store)—this is good for the people who sell, buy, and use those products. In contrast, chemical ingredients in professional cosmetics do not have to be listed on product…

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SB 763: CFC, Firefighters, Environmentalists Back Disclosure Of Chemical Hazards In Children’s Products

March 11, 2015

The Consumer Federation of California (CFC) has joined with professional firefighters and environmental advocates to co-sponsor legislation letting parents know whether products they buy for their children contain ineffective and hazardous flame retardants. … These chemicals have been linked to reproductive harm, cancer and other human health…

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CFC Addresses Benefits and Risks of Driverless Cars

November 12, 2014

Noting that the technology could reduce accidents if it’s widely adopted, CFC Executive Director Richard Holober stressed the need to ensure that any savings get passed along to consumers under Proposition 103. He also cited concerns about who would have access to data from the vehicles, and…

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SB 1019: Governor Signs Toxic Furniture Right-to-know Bill

September 30, 2014

Californians can breathe easier since a new, non-toxic flammability test for upholstered furniture took effect January 1, 2014. However, the new regulation does not ban the use of dangerous halogenated chemicals as fire retardants, and the chemical industry is trying to persuade manufacturers to continue loading them…

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Public Safety, Worker Protection Bills Advance to Governor’s Desk

August 29, 2014

In a victory for public safety over private profitability, Senate Bill 1019 passed the state Assembly and Senate with strong bipartisan consent on August 27 and 28. Known as the Consumers’ Right to Know: Flame Retardants in Furniture bill, the measure – introduced by Senator Mark Leno,…

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