May 31, 2012
Frank R. Lautenberg
Imagine if every time you went to the pharmacy, shopping for medications was a complete guessing game. What if drug makers weren’t required to disclose ingredients in their products or prove their safety, leaving you without a way to determine whether what you’re buying is safe for you and your family? You would live in fear that the medicine you purchased to make your child feel better could actually harm them.
It’s a frightening scenario, and one that we would never accept.
Yet, because of our outdated and broken toxic chemicals law, that is precisely the situation with the consumer products we use every day. These products — from baby bottles and shampoo to car seats and sofas — contain tens of thousands of untested chemicals.