TheDepartment of Health has updated its guidance documentunder the Chemical Disclosure Program (Act 188) to provide more guidance regarding brand name/product model and trade secret declarations.
Saying that it has been receiving reports with insufficient brand name and/or product model details, the department calls for all product descriptions to be detailed enough that the product can be identified, online or in stores. To comply, manufacturers MAY only provide the Universal Product Code (UPC) for each product, since typing any UPC into an online search engine reveals both the brand name and product model information for the relevant product. Manufacturers may also provide descriptive "brand name" and "product model" information instead of UPC codes.
Additionally, Gov. Shumlin has formally begun naming representatives to the Act 188 Chemical Working Group. This Working Group will oversee further decisions to prioritize and restrict chemicals in children’s products. The administration of incoming Republican governor Phil Scott will now have to determine if it will make changes to the program.