STATE OF NEW YORK
2019-2020 Regular Sessions
January 14, 2019
Introduced by M. of A. SIMOTAS, SIMON, MAGNARELLI, McDONOUGH, MOSLEY,
GOTTFRIED, DINOWITZ, GALEF, COLTON, D. ROSENTHAL -- Multi-Sponsored by
-- M. of A. DE LA ROSA, LUPARDO -- read once and referred to the
Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection
AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to child proofing
liquid detergent packets
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section
2 399-ggg to read as follows:
3 § 399-ggg. Packaging of liquid detergent packets. 1. For purposes of
4 this section:
5 (a) "liquid detergent packets" shall mean a consumer product that
6 consists of a liquid or gel detergent enclosed in a water soluble outer
7 layer and is designed to be placed in a washing machine;
8 (b) "child-resistant wrapper" shall mean an opaque covering of the
9 liquid detergent packet that is not easily permeated by a child's bite,
10 which has a uniform color that is not attractive to children; and
11 (c) "package" shall mean overall child-resistant stock keeping item
12 that contains liquid detergent packages.
13 2. No person, firm, partnership, association or corporation shall
14 distribute, sell at retail or offer for retail sale in this state any
15 liquid detergent packets, unless the liquid detergent packets are
16 contained in a child-resistant wrapper which is designed to prevent
17 accidental exposure of children to liquid detergent.
18 3. No person, firm, partnership, association or corporation shall
19 distribute, sell at retail or offer for retail sale in this state any
20 liquid detergent packets unless such liquid detergent packets are
21 designed in an opaque, uniform color that is not attractive to children
22 and is not easily permeated by a child's bite.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 4. Each liquid detergent packet shall be enclosed in a separate, indi-
2 vidual, non-permeable, child-resistant wrapper containing a warning
3 stating "WARNING: HARMFUL IF PUT IN MOUTH OR SWALLOWED. EYE IRRITANT.
4 KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN".
5 5. Every package of liquid detergent packets distributed, sold at
6 retail, or offered for retail sale in this state shall contain a warning
7 concerning the dangers of the exposure of liquid detergent packets to
8 children. Such warning shall be readable and conspicuously placed on the
9 package and shall state: "LIQUID DETERGENT PACKETS ARE NOT FOR HUMAN
10 CONSUMPTION. HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED OR EXPOSED TO THE EYES OR SKIN. KEEP
11 OUT OF REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN. IN CASE OF EXPOSURE CONTACT A PHYSI-
12 CIAN OR POISON CONTROL CENTER IMMEDIATELY".
13 § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
14 it shall have become a law.