LI Lawmaker Wants Expiration Dates On Sunscreen

LONG ISLAND, NY (WCBS 880 ) — How old is that sunscreen? A Long Island lawmaker wants expiration dates to be required on sunscreen so consumers know when it’s no longer effective.

Most people probably don’t know how long a bottle of sunscreen has been sitting on a store’s shelf, but it’s been for more than two years, the product will no longer protect your skin from sun burns and skin cancer.

In Nassau County, Long Island assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg says sunscreens could be 10-years-old and be sold in New York state because there is no law to put expiration dates on the products.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports: Weisenberg Says Old Sunscreen May Not Be Protecting Your Skin From Cancer

“I passed the bill in the assembly 16 years ago,” said Weisenberg. “This is cancer, not a political issue, but the pharmaceutical companies have enough influence that we cannot get the bill passed out of the Senate.”

Weisenberg says some companies do print expiration dates on bottles, but his law would require all companies to do so and says if you’re not sure about the age of your sunscreen, “When in doubt, throw it out”.

What do you think about the bill? Let us know below in our comments section.

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  • Constancio

    I’m not going to say what everyone else has already said, but I do want to comment on your knowledge of the topic. You’re truly well-informed. I cant believe how much of this I just wasn’t aware of. Thank you for bringing more information to this topic for me. I’m truly grateful and really impressed.

  • christine

    this is easy. just buy the ones that have an expiration date on them. see how fast they all will follow for sales.

  • Sun Sally

    THis is a good bill and should become law. Don’t understand the other conspiracy theories posted earlier. Insurance will be denied due to sunscreen having expiration dates? Huh??? Cigarettes and alcohol have warnings, but insurance covers illnesses from those things, How about illegal drugs? Sunscreen also breaks down faster when exposed to sunlight and high temperatures. Do we keep it in the cooler at the beach? No! THank you Assemblyman Wiesenburg….hope you get it passed.

    • julianpenrod

      Alcohol has been around for a long time and its potential drawbacks are well known. Too, alcoholism is a physical dependency, not a failure to abide by a “warning”. There’s a difference. And rememebr, insurance coverage for things like psychological disorders and physical dependencies have only developed within the last few years. And they represent higher premiums for policy holders. But failure to abide by warnings is not taken to be a chronic condition, much the same as not wearing a helmet while riding a bike and the many other fraudulent issues the industry created. It’s something that can’t be predicted, but can occur. So the industry can pretend they don’t expect a fair number of cases where the “official warning” will be ignored and, when it is, swoop in and cancel policies left and right!

  • bruce

    show me data that it expires and is no longer effective? Prove it before putting dates on it.

  • Debbie Paesano

    This is a good point, and many people aren’t aware that sunscreen can become ineffective after a year or so. I work at a daycare, and first we put each child’s name on the bottle so that if they leave the program, we know to throw out the bottle at the end of each summer. I had noticed when I’ve had to put the summer things away that most bottles have expiration dates, so then we can keep until then. All sunscreen is checked again the Spring, just be on the safe side. Also, we can not put any sunscreen on a child without the parents consent.

  • julianpenrod

    It is questionable in the extreme whether products like sunscreen will stay on a store’s shelves for up to 10 years. The emphasis on protection using sunscreen is more than enough toguarantee that a bottlew will not last more than one season. To say nothing of facts such as that most stores rotate stock out if it doesn’t sell, trying to get a refund or get some measure of remuneration for items not sold. As well as the fact that most manufaturers, these days, alter their packaging every five years or so. Thre are such other facets as that zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, a large part of what provides protection in sunscreen, can remain for a long time and whatever vehicle they are suspended in might only evaporate away after 10 years, making them more concenrated. It is all but implausible to consider that sunscreen will remain on shelves that long or be so useless if it does.

    This seems only another measure to increase cost, and require more frequent purchases, but there is anothe level. The more official provisions you place on an issue, even if frivolous and meaningless, the greater the legal “personal responsibility” you place on someone for failing to observe them. And that means the less an insurance carrier has to pay you! Sunscreens can be in people’s houses for longer than 10 years and, if Weisenberg’s measure is adopted, it will “officially recognize” old sunscreen as “useless”, so any illness someone gets can be denied coverage by insurers becase “they didn’t listen to Mr. Weisenberg’s ‘revelation’ that you should buy new sunscreen every week”.

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