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EWG Applauds Rep. Pallone for Oversight of Imported Cosmetics
WASHINGTON – EWG today applauded House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) for demanding new data from the Food and Drug Administration on the safety of imported cosmetics.
“Contaminants such as mercury, lead and even asbestos are showing up in an alarming number of imported personal care products,” said Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president of government affairs. “It’s simply outrageous that Americans should have to worry about the safety of these everyday products. We applaud Chairman Pallone for making the safety of cosmetics and other personal care products a priority. Thanks to his leadership, Congress has never been closer to reforming our broken cosmetics laws.”
In response to an earlier inquiry by Pallone, FDA reported two years ago that many imported cosmetics were contaminated by or contained banned ingredients.
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