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New bill to modernize 1938 regulations on shampoo, cosmetics.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

June 24, 2011

WASHINGTON; June 24, 2011 – Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., joined by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (HR 2359), , which would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products such as shampoo and cosmetics are free of harmful ingredients. Existing law, which has not been updated since 1938, has loopholes that allow chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other illnesses in products we use on our bodies every day.

“The growing number of reports of serious health problems arising from the use of dangerous chemicals in personal care products shows a need to update our laws and protect men, women, and children from harmful exposure,” said Rep. Schakowsky. “Currently, manufacturers are not required to disclose all their ingredients on labels, and the FDA has no power to supervise the use of toxic chemicals in cosmetics. Americans are left in the dark about harmful mystery ingredients in personal care products; consumers deserve confidence that the products that they use will not hurt them.”

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3 Responses

  1. We need much more thoughtful legislation like this. It’s very difficult for the lay person to understand how to keep themselves protected even though they may take some time to try to understand the issues. If left up to industry, there will be no meaningful change that will make an impact on the course of this epidemic of chronic disease.

    Thanks WVE!



  2. Dennis

    This Bill should be opposed in its current form as it is full of unscientific propaganda and scare tactics that will not serve the public in any way at all. Everyone agrees that “safe” cosmetics are critical but this bill does not do anything but throw blind support behind the EWG and CFSC.

    Check out this Blog for all the scientific details of the bill and exactly what each of the potential problems are.


    Just because it has the word “Safe” in the name does not make it so.

    Dennis Fioravanti
    Essential Labs

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