The products you use on your skin, mouth, and hair may contain harmful chemicals.
Did you know the government cannot order a recall of tainted toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, makeup, or deodorant? It’s all voluntary, because personal care products are not held to the same standard as food or drugs.
A new, bipartisan bill could change this. Urge your members of Congress to support the Personal Care Products Safety Act.
The average adult uses nine personal care products a day, exposing themselves to 126 different chemical ingredients.1This legislation would give the government basic abilities to safeguard public health from these chemicals.
The Personal Care Products Safety Act would:
- Disclose complete ingredient information online and on labels
- Allow for mandatory recalls of unsafe products
- Register facilities and set manufacturing standards
- Encourage alternatives to animal testing
- Require warnings when ingredients are not suitable for everyone
The bill would also force the Food & Drug Administration to conduct safety evaluations on at least five ingredients per year, with a priority on lead acetate and formaldehyde (yes, those are used in cosmetics).
The government regulates chemicals you put into your body, but not necessarily the chemicals you put onto your body. That is ridiculous. Tell your members of Congress to update public health standards for personal care products.
Given the current political climate, you might be wondering how likely it is that this bill could pass Congress and get signed into law. The fact that this bill was introduced by members of both parties — Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) — is an encouraging sign for its passage. Just last year, Congress overhauled the nation’s main toxic chemical law with votes from both parties.
The Personal Care Products Safety Act has broad support from the cosmetics industry itself: Estée Lauder, The Honest Company, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Revlon, and Unilever.2 They are aware that the current rules are 79 years old and outdated.
This convergence of industry, chemical watchdogs, and members of both parties represents the strongest possibility we’ve had to strengthen the nation’s cosmetic chemical oversight in years. Help get it done this Congress: support the Personal Care Products Safety Act today!
In it together,
The SierraRise team
1. (15 June 2004). “Exposures add up – Survey results.” Environmental Working Group.
2. Feinstein, D. (11 May 2017). “Feinstein, Collins Introduce Bill to Strengthen Oversight of Personal Care Products, Protect Consumer Safety.” U.S. Senate.