US Cosmetics Modernization Bill Relaunched, Now With Fragrance Allergen Labeling, PFAS Ban
The Personal Care Products Safety Act was reintroduced in the US Senate on 17 June with industry support including leading brands at big-name multinationals. The latest “Feinstein bill” for modernizing US cosmetics regulations purports to strengthen counterfeit product protections while floating additional requirements for fragrance allergen labeling and banning intentionally added PFAS.
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AB 2771, introduced in February, would ban the manufacture or sale of cosmetic products containing PFAS beginning on 1 January 2025, and it does not specify intentionally added PFAS versus those present as contaminants.
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