As everyone pressing for non-toxic personal care products is probably aware, Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., dropped the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 in the House’s hopper last month.
Now begins the hard work of moving the bill through Congress. It won’t be easy. Powerful forces are arrayed against changing the status quo, which is, essentially, no regulation.
As the national conversation over this issue intensifies, everyone who is seriously involved in the discussion will want the facts. They are persistent things, facts. They can cut through clouds of rhetoric and dispel many a false claim.
You can read the legislation for yourself at this link. Or if you’re like most people and you’re multi-tasking, Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which EWG helped launch, have an easy button for you. Here is the Campaign’s section-by-section analysis of the bill.
There’s a lot to like about the bill, but our hope is that Section 614, requiring safety testing of cosmetic ingredients, is enacted as it is written. It seems obvious that chemicals mixed into personal care products or that crop up as adulterants should be tested for their impact on human health. Unfortunately, they’re not – yet.