Sending Office: Honorable Janice D. Schakowsky
Rouda, Speier*, Tlaib, Velazquez, Wasserman Schultz*
Please join me as a cosponsor of the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019 (H.R. 4296). This bill protects consumers, workers, and the environment; it is the only bill of its scope that includes environmental justice provisions.
The average American uses roughly 12 personal care products a day, resulting in exposure to an average of 168 unique chemicals. These chemical exposures have been linked to cancer, infertility, miscarriage, poor infant and maternal health outcomes, obesity,
asthma, and many other serious health concerns. The number of products used daily is even higher for women of color, who are also disproportionately exposed to more harmful chemicals through personal care products than white women. A 2018 study released by
the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners found that the most toxic product it tested was a shampoo called “Just for Me” that is marketed to young black girls and contains carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and other toxicants.
Most people assume the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates cosmetics and personal care products the same way it does food and drugs to ensure that these products are safe. But that isn’t the case. In reality, cosmetics are one of the least regulated
consumer products on the market today. The $84 billion cosmetics industry uses roughly 12,500 unique chemical ingredients in personal care products, and the vast majority have never been assessed for safety by any publicly accountable body. Toxic cosmetic
ingredients are ending up inside our bodies, our breast milk, and our babies. Those chemicals also go down the drain and pollute our waterways and drinking water, adding to our daily dose of hazardous chemicals from air, water, food and other consumer products.
The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act would close major loopholes in federal law that allow companies to use nearly any ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products—even chemicals that are known to harm human health and the environment.
For the first time, manufacturers would be required to register with the FDA and disclose all the ingredients in their products, including fragrance ingredients. New authority would be given to the FDA to recall unsafe products and remove them from the market.
Additionally, this bill gives consumers and professional salon workers full transparency, which they have never had before, by requiring disclosure of the secret fragrance ingredients hiding in most personal care products and full ingredient disclosure for
Internet sales of personal care products and professional salon products. This bill also requires manufacturers to substantiate the safety of the cosmetic ingredients they use and requires FDA to provide much-needed guidance to the cosmetics industry by evaluating
the safety of cosmetic ingredients and creating prohibited, restricted, and safe lists. Testing of cosmetics and their ingredients are conducted in the most humane way by banning most animal testing and providing new funding to develop new non-animal testing
Americans have a right to full ingredient disclosure and safe, non-toxic cosmetics and personal care products that are free of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, and reproductive harm. The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act
would help ensure that consumers, workers, and our environment are protected. If you would like to cosponsor or have any questions, please contact Osaremen Okolo at email@example.com or x5-2111.
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