For Immediate Release: December 29th, 2011
Consumer Protection Bills Going into Effect on January 1, 2012
California consumers will enjoy new food safety, privacy and elder abuse protections beginning January 1, 2012, as a result of state legislation enacted this year. These include:
· AB 688 – Pan – Bans retailers selling baby food, infant formula and over-the-counter medications after the product’s expiration date;
· AB 1319 – Butler - Prohibits food containers for baby food to use unsafe levels of toxic bisphenol A (BPA);
· AB 22 – Mendoza - Protects the financial privacy of job applicants by limiting prospective employer inquiries into credit histories in cases where the credit record is not germane to the job;
· SB 24 – Simitian – Improves security breach notices that will make it easier for Californians to take measures to prevent identity theft;
· AB 1313 – Monning – Provides families of the elderly living in residential care facilities with proper notification if such a facility might face a sudden license revocation.
“Governor Brown’s signature on these measures is a demonstration of his appreciation for common sense consumer legislation. It’s a welcome change,” said Richard Holober, Executive Director of the Consumer Federation of California.