Oxybenzone Sunscreen Remains Live Issue As Florida Lawmakers Lay Groundwork For 2020
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.
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Headed for its second reading in the Florida House after its counterpart passed the Senate on 29 January, HB 113 would expressly preempt local regulation of OTC drugs and cosmetics. According to House analysis documents, “This nullifies the current City of Key West ordinance” banning the sale of sunscreens containing reputed coral-killing UV filters.
Cosmetics Market In 2019: CBD, Microplastic And US Sunscreen Uncertainty Among Year’s Biggest Issues
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A National Toxicology Program rat study linking oxybenzone to “equivocal evidence of carcinogenic activity” is far from damning, but it's a reminder of just how steep a mountain industry may have to climb to maintain the UV filter’s generally recognized as safe and effective (GRASE) status for OTC marketability, currently under FDA review.