The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should have the authority it needs to regulate cosmetics and personal care products – so that you can trust that what you’re buying is safe for you and your family.
The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, H.R. 5786, introduced by Representatives Schakowsky (IL-09), Baldwin (WI-02) and Markey (MA-07), will greatly expand the powers of the FDA to regulate the ingredients in cosmetics. The FDA will be able to prohibit the use of certain ingredients, including carcinogens and reproductive and developmental toxins; recall products that fail to meet safety standards; and require product labels to name each ingredient, including fragrance.
We need this legislation urgently. Currently, manufacturers may use almost any ingredient or raw material in your soap, shampoo or makeup without government review or approval. According to EWG’s research, 22 percent of all personal care products, including children’s products, may contain a cancer-causing ingredient, 1,4-Dioxane, and 60 percent of sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a potential hormone disruptor. Other studies have raised alarms about lead in lipstick, secret chemicals in fragrance and preservatives in personal care products.
The status quo is unacceptable. And we need the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 to ensure that we are able to protect ourselves and our families from potentially harmful ingredients.