Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kings, Queens And Court Jesters

Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, where have you been?
"I've been to London to look at the queen."

Okay... so it wasn't London, and it wasn't the queen. But for me and my small soap company at Boston Statehouse yesterday, it might as well have been.

There was a hearing for a cosmetics bill or two, where in well meaning wisdom a suggestion had been put forward that it would be great for Massachusetts to turn the label of a pot of creme with three simple ingredients into a ticker tape roll measuring four foot seven inches long:

If you want to know what it was all about and who was there with me here's some links for you. These folks are far more eloquent than I could ever be on the subject.

I'm still trying to make head and tail of the individual state laws, and can't believe what is planned for New York!!!???!!!

Having to learn the federal regulations is a hard enough task for small business owners like me, but learn and respect them we must. I really don't know how I'm expected to do business with all the other states if they each decide they want their own regulations. Do I follow FDA rules and regs... or do I follow state regs? Which law will trump which? It's going to be very confusing for me and every other small business like mine. I think it's also going to be very confusing for the customers who want to buy from us.

What do you think? How would something like this affect you? Maybe it's affecting you already. I welcome your comments.


Katie said...

Great job, Susan! How do you think they responded to your label? Did they "get it"?

Donna Maria @ Indie Business said...

Super job, Susan. I love how you showed the label. I heard from people in attendance that it was very effective. Way to go!

Susan Mann said...

Hiya, Katie

I'm hoping they "got it". There's no hope for anything if they failed to comprehend the absurdity of it all.

It was greeted well, and it made for a lighter moment in the packed room as I unrolled the ticker tape, stood up and did a full 360 turn with it held high, just as it is in my pic.

Laughs and smiles around the gallery and the bench. Not a bad sign. Here's hoping common sense prevails in any decision they make.

Susan Mann said...

Hiya, dM...

Sometimes an idealistic prototype looks good on paper. It's only when you make it real that serious flaws show through. On paper, the bill may read as being sound. In practice though, it's absolutely non-manageable. I just turned their paper ideals into reality for a moment. I think I made my point.

That ticker tape in the photo really is how the bill proposes we label a cream made only from three simple ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, and lavender oil. It's truly absurd.