Washington, D.C. -- Vinyl Institute recently announced its support of the Accurate Labels Act. This bill protects consumers' right to clear, accurate and meaningful information about the products they purchase. It also provides product manufacturers with a national standard that establishes science-based criteria for all additional state and local labeling requirements. States that meet the criteria can enact their own ingredient listing or labeling programs; allows state-mandated product information to be provided through smartphone-enabled “smart labels” and on websites, where consumers can find up-to-date, relevant ingredients and warnings; and ensures that covered product information is risk-based. Warning labels act as important precautionary notices of legitimate risks and need to be taken seriously.
“The Accurate Labels Act ensures that consumers continue to benefit from label information on packaging today, while guaranteeing that any additional product information required by states or localities is clear, accurate, meaningful and science-based,” said Dick Doyle, president and CEO of the Vinyl Institute.
A growing number of states and cities are making labeling more difficult by requiring or proposing mandatory labels on packaging that are not backed by science and that imply risks when none exist. These inaccurate labels mislead consumers, drive up prices and create costly new regulatory burdens, especially for American farmers and small businesses. The Accurate Label Act ensures that consumers continue to benefit from the nutritional and allergy information on packaging today, while guaranteeing that any additional product information required by states or cities is clear, accurate, meaningful, and science-based.
For more information, visit www.vinylinfo.org.