California’s Proposed Toxic Free Cosmetics Act Put On Ice After Industry Lobbying Blitz
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.
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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 Cosmetic Ingredient Review says it expects to finalize a package of “advancements” in early 2020 to highlight the independence of its Expert Panel. Driven by the Personal Care Products Council-led CIR Steering Committee, the initiative comes at a time of escalating NGO criticism and legislative proposals that would undermine the CIR program and put its future in question.
Funding issues appear to have factored in the proposed Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act’s failure to cross the finish line in the first act of the California legislature’s 2019-2020 session. Far from popular with industry stakeholders, SB 574 nevertheless could represent a lesser-of-evils compromise of strategic importance, with further activity expected on the bill in 2020.