Sunscreen Industry Finds Ally In Florida State Senator Hutson; SB 588 Would Ban Local Bans
In addition to imposing a moratorium on locally implemented plastic straw bans, proposed legislation from Florida State Senator Travis Hutson would preempt city-level sunscreen regulations.
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Florida's legislature does not reconvene until mid-January 2020, but interim committee meetings are in progress and a proposed bill to ban non-prescription sales of oxybenzone/octinoxate-containing sunscreens already has been filed for consideration in the next session.
Firms marketed products with label and other claims rendering them drugs but containing ingredients and label indications not part of OTC external analgesic TFM, recent warning letters say. Each firm also advised about GMP problems based on findings from Office of Regulatory Affairs' inspections and asked to hire regulatory consultants and provide detailed CAPAs.
The City Commission voted 6-1 at its Feb. 5 meeting to prohibit the sale of sunscreens formulated with oxybenzone and/or octinoxate beginning Jan. 1, 2021. That same day, Florida state Senator Linda Stewart proposed similar legislation that would push the effective date up to July 1, 2019, also citing the ingredients’ suspected role in coral declines.