This new act just might help regulate what we use on our bodies.
Last week there was a major victory for a 62-year old woman who won over $110 million dollars in damages from Johnson & Johnson. She claimed her ovarian cancer was attributed to prolonged use of their talc-based products. And now Senators Dianne Feinstein and Susan Collins have introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act. This bill will give the FDA more power to apply safety rules on the beauty products we use before they are approved to purchase.
Currently, the FDA has little involvement with regulating products in the cosmetics industry. In fact, they are mainly involved only in regulating color additives to products. They are not actively involved in the other ingredients that are put into soaps, lotions, and other cosmetic products. And it is up to the company that creates the product or sells it to make the determination of whether it is deemed safe or not. A statement on the FDA website currently reads, “It is the responsibility of cosmetic manufacturers to ensure, before marketing their products, that the products are safe when used as directed in their label or under customary conditions of use.”
The bill was introduced this week and has already gained support from industry giants such as Revlon, Unilever, L’Oreal and Estee Lauder. Senator Feinstein said, “From shampoo to lotion, everyone .Æ women, men, children .Æ uses personal care products every day. 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.”
There is little doubt that these guidelines for ingredient safety need to be updated. And as a result, consumers can feel more confident about what they are putting on their bodies every day.
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