Bipartisan Product Chemical Ingredient Labeling Legislation Introduced
In addition to California’s Proposition 65 product warning labeling requirement, since 2017, there has been 62 proposals in 17 states that would require warning labels or ingredient listings. In order to provide a uniform and consistent approach to product ingredient labeling, SGIA has joined the Coalition for Accurate Product Labels (CAPL), which has successfully been able to get legislation introduced that will address this issue.
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced H.R. 6044, Accurate Labels Act, that will amend the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. The intent of the legislation is to:
- Ensure that consumers have access to clear, accurate and meaningful product labels.
- Establishment of science-based criteria for state and local labeling requirements to ensure consistent, high-quality consumer information. Would allow state-mandated product information to be provided through smartphone enabled “smart labels” and on websites.
- Ensures that covered product information is risk based; and
- Leaves unchanged current federal laws related to allergens, nutrition facts and medicines.
According to CAPL, research shows that 62 percent of Americans believe the federal government should set the standard for what labels must be included on products consumers buy. CAPL members believe that US Congress should amend the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act to create a national standard that will ensure that consumers benefit from information on packaging today while guaranteeing that additional product information required by states or localities is clear, accurate and based on sound science.
SGIA will provide updates as this legislation moves forward. For more information, please contact SGIA’s Government Affairs department at email@example.com.
Marci Kinter is the Vice President for Government & Business Information for the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association International. Kinter oversees the development of management resources for the Association and represents the screen printing and digital imaging industries, as well as their associated supplier base, before federal and state regulatory agencies and the U.S. Congress on environmental, safety and other government issues directly impacting the screen printing and graphic imaging industries. She is responsible for directing the activities of not only the government affairs portion of the Association’s activities, but the development and implementation of business resources for the membership.
In 2008, Kinter, in conjunction with colleagues from other printing trade associations, was instrumental in launching the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership program. The SGP Program is a registry system for printing facilities that includes third party verification. The program successfully launched as an independent organization in August 2008.
Kinter is a member of and serves as Secretary for the Academy of Screen Printing Technology. In 2001, Kinter received the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award for significant advancement of environmental awareness in the graphic arts industry.
Before joining SGIA International, Kinter worked for The American Waterways Operators, Inc., the national association for the barge and towing industry.
She holds bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.