Rep. Pallone Has Cosmetics Concerns, Possibly Coming To A Storefront Near You
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Standing in front of a Claire's store in his home state, the New Jersey Democrat asked FDA Feb. 2 to investigate reports of asbestos-contaminated children's makeup products and provide a briefing on the issue and broader cosmetic safety concerns by Feb. 22.
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Claire’s Stores Inc. voluntarily recalled one lot of JoJo Siwa Makeup Set and private-label manufacturer Beauty Plus Global Inc. recalled one lot of Contour Effects Palette 2. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone says it is “unacceptable” for FDA to rely on voluntary recalls and he is working on legislation that would overhaul cosmetics regulations and give agency mandatory recall authority.
Limited to no federal preemption is included in cosmetics bills under consideration in the 116th Congress, which means that even if one were to pass in its current form, companies could still be at the mercy of states, typically California, imposing unique bans or restrictions on cosmetic ingredients.
J&J shares are down nearly 12% since Reuters reported Dec. 14 that the firm has known for decades about toxic asbestos in its Johnson’s Baby Powder talc. The news outlet’s probe turned up nothing that hasn’t been raised by plaintiff attorneys, but throws the central issues of contention into high relief for its global audience.