Meng Fights to Protect Women and Children
Apr 12, 2019
Congresswoman introduces bills seeking to improve consumer products
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) introduced three consumer protection bills that seek to protect women and children by making sure consumers are protected from possibly harmful substances in products that may affect the health and wellbeing of their loved ones. The measures include:
The Menstrual Products Right to Know Act which would require companies to list ingredients – in descending order of concentration – in menstrual hygiene products, such as scented and unscented pads, cups, scented and unscented tampons, and therapeutic douche apparatuses.
The Infant Formula Protection Act which would prohibit the sale of expired baby formula. Failure to remove such products would subject sellers to fines. Federal law currently does not prohibit the sale of infant formula after its expiration has passed.
The Get Additives Out Act which would require the U.S. Government Accountability Office to conduct a study to assess the effects of food additives on children’s behavior and physical health under 18 years of age.
Meng first introduced the Menstrual Products Right to Know Act during the last Congress. She also hosted the first ever Capitol Hill panel to discuss this legislation with menstrual hygiene policy experts. The Congresswoman has introduced the Infant Formula Protection Act each Congress since her first term in 2013.
“Protecting women and children from harmful chemicals is a top priority of mine,” said Congresswoman Meng. “Americans are bombarded daily with advertisements to purchase consumer goods from infant formula to menstrual hygiene products. Yet, important safeguards are lacking which undermine consumer confidence that the products they purchase are safe for their loved ones. My bills are commonsense fixes that would greatly help American families. It’s time for Congress to step up and make these issues a priority.”
"We have come to expect disclosure of ingredients in foods, cosmetics, and drugs because of the direct interaction of these products with our bodies,” said Amber Garcia, Executive Director at Women's Voices for the Earth. “We should expect, and deserve, no less from menstrual products. It is unacceptable that there are so many unknowns about the ingredients, safety, and health impacts of products that come into contact with one of the most sensitive and absorbent parts of the body. We are proud to join Congresswoman Meng and call on Congress to advance legislation to ensure transparency about ingredients and put pressure on companies that are using chemicals linked to adverse health impacts." – Menstrual Products Right to Know Act
“Since infant formula is the first food that millions of babies and children in the United States consume when breastfeeding isn’t an option, it should be held to the highest standards of safety and quality,” said Kristen Strader, Campaign Coordinator at Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert. “We applaud and thank Congresswoman Meng for introducing this important piece of legislation to protect children and parents from potentially harmful expired products, often kept on shelves for the sake of corporate profits.” – Infant Formula Protection Act
“Consumers have legitimate concerns about the role of artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives in causing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other health problems in children,” said Thomas Gremillion, Director of Food Policy at the Consumer Federation of America. “More research will help to ensure that what’s in our food is driven by science, rather than politics.” – Get Additives Out Act