Guidance

For this KPI, disclosure of incidental chemicals on the stewardship list is not required when those chemicals are present in the water supply used for formulations (e.g., municipal and private water providers, surface water, groundwater, or wells) at concentrations great than, or equal to, the concentration found in final formulations.


  • For B and C, different unintentionally added ingredients may be disclosed at the levels noted (100 ppm, 10ppm)
  • For B1 and C1, disclosure via publicly accessible websites (desktop or mobile) must occur through manufacturer-based efforts and not via third party websites or services.
  • For B2 and C2, disclosure that is electronically available at shelf includes mobile apps, SmartLabel, and disclosure through QR codes.  Electronic disclosure via these means must occur through manufacturer based efforts and not via third party websites or services.
  • For D, the manufacturer must publicly disclose a policy statement that contains a commitment to not include unintentionally added chemicals on the stewardship list in their product.  The policy must have been started or in effect within the last 12 months of the date of answering this question with public disclosure occurring within that timeframe.  Online disclosure includes publicly accessible websites (desktop or mobile) as well as making ingredient information electronically available at shelf (e.g. via SmartLabel, QR code, or mobile apps).  Electronic disclosure via these means must occur through manufacturer-based efforts and not via third party websites or services.


For this KPI, the "stewardship list" is comprised of all of the chemicals on the following published lists:


These published lists have been referenced in public retailer chemical policies.  Where a chemical is accompanied by a specific route of exposure on these published lists and the exposure route is relevant to the product during consumer use or foreseeable misuse, then the chemical is relevant to this KPI.

   

Resources

Grocery Manufacturer’s Association - SmartLabel™SmartLabel™ provides a standardized approach for the ingredient disclosure of food, home, and personal care products to consumers. Ingredient information is accessible via manufacturer-based websites, QR codes on packages, or from the SmartLabel™ website.


Definitions

Intentionally added ingredient: An ingredient that provides a function in the final formulation or is present as a result of producing a final formulation for safe use by consumers.


Public disclosure: The act of making information available and readily accessible to consumers.  


Unintentionally added ingredient: An ingredient that provides no function in a final formulation and is not present as a result of formulating a product for safe use by consumers (e.g., pH balancing by acids or bases). Unintentionally added ingredients include incidental ingredients and contaminants.