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Proposed bill seeks to regulate hazardous beauty products

May 15, 2017

For products that come into regular contact with the skin, cosmetics are subjected to very little FDA oversight. Beauty products and ingredients — with the exception of color additives — are not required to have FDA approval before they hit the market. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act regulates the distribution of “adulterated or misbranded cosmetics,” but recalls of hazardous cosmetic materials are voluntary, according to the organization’s website.

But a bill proposed by senators Susan Collins and Dianne Feinstein seeks to change that, as The Cut reports. The Personal Care Products Safety Act proposes a number of amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The FDA would be able to order the recall of hazardous products, for example, and would be required to evaluate the safety of at least five products per year. The bill would also require complete ingredient lists to be made available online and on cosmetics’ printed labels.

“From shampoo to lotion, everyone — women, men, children — uses personal-care products every day,” Feinstein said, according to The Cut. “Despite the universal use of these products, none of their ingredients have been independently evaluated for safety. This puts consumers’ heath at risk and we urgently need to update the nearly 80-year-old safety rules.”

Read more at The Cut.


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