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 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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SB 962: Governor Signs Smartphone Kill Switch Legislation

August 26, 2014

An Assembly floor vote is expected Aug. 7. “The companies that make 97 percent of smartphones sold in the U.S. have removed their opposition to the bill, yet [CTIA-The Wireless Association] remains opposed,” Max Szabo of the District Attorney’s Office told The San Francisco Examiner. “It raises…

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