Sending Office: Honorable Sean Patrick Maloney
Natural Cosmetics Act
Current Endorsers: Aprinnova, BaboBotanicals, Beautycounter, The BeautyWell Project, Biossance, Credo, EO Products, Follain, Ivy Wild, May Lindstrom Skin, NakedPoppy, National Women’s Health Network (NWHN), OSEA, Pipette, RMS Organics, Take Care Shop,
WE ACT for Environmental Justice.
Co-Lead: Rep. Grace Meng (NY-6)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48)
I write to you today to sign on as a cosponsor to my bill, the Natural Cosmetics Act.
Under the 1938 Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, falsely labeling products as ‘natural’ does not qualify as misbranding and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently has almost no authority to take these products off the shelves. Basically, companies
are getting away with regulating themselves – and consumers are paying the price.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) estimates that the average adult uses 12 personal care products each day, exposing themselves to 168 unique chemical ingredients. It’s more than just cosmetics – shampoo, lotion, deodorant, hair dye, nail polish, shaving
cream, and a host of other personal care products that millions of Americans use every day are not being regulated.
The Natural Cosmetics Act would define the terms “Natural” and “Naturally-derived ingredient” as they relate to personal care products. Cosmetic products sold, labeled, or represented as “Natural” as defined by the bill must contain at least 70 percent,
excluding water, natural substances to use the term. To maintain accountability the bill requires suppliers to conduct Carbon-14 testing which they must submit to manufacturers. The bill would also give the FDA authority to issue a cease distribution order,
public notice on the FDA website, and voluntary recall authority of any product deemed misbranded under this act.
Folks deserve to know that their government is looking out for them and that the products they use are being properly labeled.
If you have any questions or wish to cosponsor this important step in the Cosmetics industry please contact Beverly Hart (email@example.com).
Sean Patrick Maloney
Member of Congress
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