Yerrr! New York becomes the first state EVER to require menstrual product packages and boxes in the state to disclose their ingredients.
Yesterday, the law became official and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law will take effect in 180 days and product makers will have only 18 months to brand and develop new packaging and labels with all ingredients. Tampon. sanitary napkins, panty liners, and others generally sold without listing what ingredients they are containing. Modern studies have proved the products does contain toxic and allergenic chemicals that lead to major health concerns in women.
Andrew Cuomo speaks about the issue: “Practically every product on the market today is required to list its ingredients, yet these items have inexplicably evaded this basic consumer protection,” said Cuomo. “It’s part of the pervasive culture of inequality in our society that has gone on for too long, and that injustice ends today as we become the first state in the nation to mandate ingredient disclosure and empower women to make their own decisions about what goes into their bodies. This builds on the reproductive health protections that New York has safeguarded for women and girls across our state and we are proud to lead the nation by advancing these critically important new protections.”
At first, the bill was supposed to be sponsored by NYS Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan. Linda goes on to say “Now that my bill to require menstrual product ingredient disclosure on packaging has become law, every single New Yorker who uses tampons and pads will know exactly what’s in the products they use in and on some of the most sensitive parts of their bodies for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, one week out of the month for as many as 40 years,” said Rosenthal. “This first-in-the-nation disclosure law firmly establishes New York as a national leader on menstrual equity. Menstrual product ingredient disclosure is a vital consumer empowerment tool and will hold menstrual product manufacturers to the highest level of accountability. It is my hope that more states follow suit.”
Prior, Governor Cuomo has signed legislation mandatory for all public schools to administer free feminine hygiene products in restrooms and dispense free products to women in state and correctional facilities. Lastly, Cuomo wrote and signed a law removing sales tax on all menstrual products.