California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Sponsors Sound New Ingredient Concern: Immune System Effects
“Nine of the chemicals we are proposing to ban in AB 2762 are linked to a compromised immune system which can increase susceptibility to, and negatively impact recovery from, COVID-19,” Assemblymember and coauthor Bill Quirk says of the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, which passed California’s Assembly unanimously on 11 June.
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