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.

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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.

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“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”.

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