The government has no authority to require companies to test personal care products for safety before they reach store shelves -- so industry can use almost any ingredient it wants in its products. Since most people apply more than 100 different ingredients each day, that's preposterous.
But Reps. Jan Schakowksy (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) want to change all that. They recently introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R. 2359). This important new bill would require disclosure and pre-market safety testing of all ingredients, and give the federal Food and Drug Administration authority to recall dangerous products. It levels the playing field for small businesses with multinational corporations by requiring them all to meet the same standard of safety and to disclose all the ingredients in their products.
It also recognizes the unique role of do-it-yourselfers and small cosmetics companies by exempting some from registering with the FDA or paying the registration fee.
But introducing a bill is only the first step! The Safe Cosmetics Act needs co-sponsors to help it advance through Congress. Your House member needs to hear from you today!
Use the form below to tell your House member to co-sponsor the Safe Cosmetics Act! He or she needs to hear from you right now.