Safe Cosmetics Act Launches, Aimed At “Regulatory Black Hole”
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
House democrats Markey and Schakowsky have reintroduced The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act. The legislation, backed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, claims to close loopholes in federal law to ensure that consumers are not exposed to carcinogens and other hazardous substances through cosmetics use.
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