California Bill Could Target PFAS In Cosmetics, Intentionally Used Or Not
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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The Personal Care Products Council and other industry groups suggest they will support AB 2771 if amendments are made to promote international harmonization, among other changes. Already they advocated successfully for the bill’s scope to be limited to intentionally added PFAS, not “the mere presence of trace levels of fluorine in the product.”
Under SB 5703, which passed the Senate on 14 February, Washington state would ban sales of cosmetic products containing PFAS, phthalates, formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing agents beginning in 2025. The proposal goes beyond California’s Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act enacted in 2020, which confined its blacklist to substances the EU has banned from use in cosmetics.
Coty’s and Shiseido’s respective CoverGirl and BareMinerals, both self-proclaimed creators of the clean beauty movement, deceive consumers with their toxic-free, good-for-the-planet advertising into buying PFAS-laced cosmetic products, plaintiffs allege in recent complaints. Plaintiffs against Coty point to the company’s Sustainability Report as further evidence that its promises and practices don’t line up.