Bill C-336 follows the lead of many other jurisdictions that have already enacted similar legislation, notably the European Union and the State of California in the United States. Bill C-336, would require all products, especially foods, household cleaners, and cosmetics, sold or imported into Canada containing toxic substances to have clearly marked labels specifying their toxic contents to the consumer.
â€œWhy shouldnâ€™t consumers have the right to be fully informed of what might be dangerous to their health, or the environment, when they go to the store to purchase a product? The federal government must ensure that companies respect that right. Labeling products is one of the most effective and practical ways to protect consumers. It's common sense,â€� said Julian.
Julianâ€™s Bill builds on existing Canadian legislation that provides for product labeling in the case of poisonous and other dangerous products. Under Bill C-336, failure to follow the regulations for labeling products containing toxic substances would be a criminal offence, subject to fines or imprisonment. The list of toxic substances that Bill C-336 covers is comprised of a host of the most comprehensive worldwide lists, including agencies of the European Union, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the World Health Organizationâ€™s International Agency for Research on Cancer, and Health Canada.
â€œLabeling products containing toxic substances is a clear area where Parliament needs to act,â€� pointed out Julian. â€œIf the liberal government is genuinely concerned with consumer safety and public health, it should uphold the consumerâ€™s right to know.â€�
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