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GMA Calls for Delay in “Green Chemistry” Regulations Until Economic Impact is Determined

GMA Press Contact

Brian Kennedy

office: 202-639-5994

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement calling on Governor Jerry Brown to delay the implementation of proposed “Safer Consumer Products Regulations,” also known as “green chemistry” regulations, until a robust economic analysis is conducted to determine the economic impact of these regulations on California businesses. 

“We agree with Senator Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) and his sixteen Democratic colleagues from the California Legislature who have called on Governor Brown to delay the implementation of the ‘Safer Consumer Products Regulations.’  These regulations affect nearly every product sold in the state of California, including a potentially wide array of food products packaging and nonfood consumer products.  They are open-ended and virtually unlimited in scope and they do not specify the range of products that will be regulated by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). 

“Last year, Governor Brown signed into law SB 617, which requires a robust economic analysis to be conducted on any new major regulation developed by a department or agency of the State of California. We urge Governor Brown to delay the implementation of the ‘Safer Consumer Products Regulations’ until the DTSC has met this requirement.”

 

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 Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe. 

 Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day.  The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders. 

 In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.  The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.