Sending Office: Honorable Sean Patrick Maloney
H.R. 5017 – Natural Cosmetics Act
Current Endorsers: Aprinnova, BaboBotanicals, Beautycounter, The BeautyWell Project, Biossance, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP), The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Cote, Credo, the detox market, EO Products, Follain, Friends
of the Earth, Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, Innersense Organic Beauty, Ivy Wild, Juice Beauty, May Lindstrom Skin, NakedPoppy, National Women’s Health Network (NWHN), OSEA, Peet Rivko, Pipette, RMS Organics, Silk Therapeutics, Skin Owl, S.W. Basics,
Take Care Shop, Tenoverten, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Women’s Voices for the Earth.
Co-Lead: Rep. Grace Meng (NY-6) Cosponsors: Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48), Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL-20), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13), Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27)
I write to you today to sign on as a cosponsor to my bill H.R. 5017, the Natural Cosmetics Act.
The United States is decades behind when it comes to cosmetics regulation. To put it into perspective the European Union has banned more than 1,300 toxic ingredients from use in personal care products. Canada also has strict laws prohibiting over 500 ingredients
on what they call a “hotlist” of toxic chemicals. In the US there are only 11 banned ingredients.
Under the 1938 Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, falsely labeling products as ‘natural’ does not qualify as misbranding. More concerning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently has almost no authority to take these products off the shelves.
Basically, companies have been getting away with this self-regulated “honor-system”- and consumers are paying the price.
In a nutshell the Natural Cosmetics Act would define the terms “Natural” and “Naturally-derived ingredient” as they relate to personal care products. Creating accountability and transparency where there has been none for decades. 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.
The Energy and Commerce Committee held a Legislative Hearing on 12/4 around cosmetics regulation. We’re glad Congress is talking about this. Folks deserve to know that their government is looking out for them and that the products they use are being properly
labeled. Email Beverly Hart (email@example.com) to sign on.
Sean Patrick Maloney
Member of Congress
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