BETHESDA, Md. – June 19, 2018 – The Auto
today announced it has joined the Coalition for Accurate Product Labels, which advocates
for meaningful, science-based information about the products consumers buy and
use. The group represents more than 60 organizations, including farmers,
manufacturers, small businesses and retailers.
The Coalition for
Accurate Product Labels supports the Accurate Labels Act, introduced to
Congress this month by Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Representatives Adam
Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.). This bipartisan legislation will
amend the existing Fair Packaging and Labeling Act in order to ensure consumers
have access to clear, accurate and meaningful product labels.
legislation seeks to:
- Establish science-based criteria for all state and local
labeling requirements that exceed current federal standards;
- Allow state-mandated product information to be provided
through smartphone-enabled “smart labels” and on websites;
- Ensure that covered product information is risk-based; and
- Will leave unchanged current federal laws related to
allergens, nutrition facts and medicines.
the past year alone, there were 30 proposals across 11 states that would
require warning labels or ingredient listings that go beyond national
standards, which are not supported by the best available science. With fewer
than 18 percent of Americans in support of states and cities being able to
impose whatever regulations they want, the bipartisan Accurate Labels Act would
be an important step in preventing consumer confusion through burdensome and
unclear labeling while also protecting American consumers and producers alike
through an accurate, standardized approach to the labeling of products.
are proud to join the coalition and support its efforts in taking the confusion
out of product labeling by way of implementing a standardized solution to bring
clarity and order to both the American consumers and producers,” said Bill
Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. “The auto care industry has
seen first-hand how the absence of standardization in product labeling across a
myriad of states saddles our businesses with substantial compliance costs and
creates confusion both in the supply chain and with consumers. Further, the
lack of standardization increases the ability for international businesses to
skirt compliance, making it harder for American companies to compete and reducing
the effectiveness of the product labeling laws.”
more information about the Auto Care Association’s government affairs
initiatives, please contact Tom Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-333-1042.