California Cosmetics Bill Aims To Eliminate Half The Conventional Preservatives Recognized By FDA
The Toxic Free Cosmetics Act would make products adulterated under California law if they contain asbestos, lead or any one of a slew of intentionally added ingredients, most of them preservatives. The bill could be industry’s biggest legislative battle over the 2019-2020 period.
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Cosmetic products in California that contain at least one of more than a dozen listed ingredients or contaminants – or any others selected by the health department going forward – would be adulterated and thus unlawfully marketed under the proposed Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act.
The bill, which would deal a serious blow to industry’s preservatives palette and prohibit any trace of lead in cosmetics, failed to advance out of committee April 9, roughly one week after the Personal Care Products Council and other industry reps descended on Sacramento to lobby against the measure.
If the goal of bills like the proposed Personal Care Products Safety Act is to shore up consumers’ trust in the safety of cosmetic products, national uniformity is an indispensable component, says eos Products President Sanjiv Mehra, chairman of ICMAD’s board.