This year alone, I have lost two friends to Cancer – one in his 50’s and one in her 40’s. Yesterday I heard the story of a 23 year old who died from a brain tumor. His father worked for a large, well known chemical company. His dad use to bring home bags of the chemicals he sold to make deliveries to his customers. The kids use to play in the area where they were stored.
The Safe Cosmetics Act is in the House!!! This is great news! Although it’s in front of the U.S. House, I am confident that what happens in the U.S. will be good for Canada as well. It’s critical that the regulations change to prevent the increased links to cancer and other diseases.
Here is the news (from CHEJ, Center for Health, Environment & Justice)
Safe Cosmetics Act in the House
On June 24th, the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 was introduced in the House of Representatives. If passed this bill will give the FDA the authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful substances like lead, 1,4-dioxane and chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental issues.
Because federal safety regulations for cosmetics haven’t been updated since 1938, cosmetic companies can use virtually any ingredient, even toxic chemicals. The average American uses about 10 personal care products a day, including shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, aftershave, etc, and is therefore exposed to more than 100 of these potentially dangerous chemicals every day.
The new legislation would:
Phase-out of ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects and developmental harm;
Create a health-based safety standard that includes protections for children, the elderly, workers, and other vulnerable populations;
Require full ingredient disclosure on product labels and company websites;
Give workers access to information about unsafe chemicals in personal care products;
Required data-sharing to avoid duplicative testing and encourage the development of alternatives to animal testing;
Give adequate funding to the FDA Office of Cosmetics and Colors.