Skip to comments.Toxic Makeup Draws Congressional Attention (RATS, Safe Cosmetics Act take on Big Lipstick)
Posted on 07/24/2010 10:05:37 PM PDT by Libloather
Toxic Makeup Draws Congressional Attention
Lawmakers Debating Whether FDA Should Step Up Regulation of Makeup
By JOYCE FRIEDEN
July 22, 2010
Congress and the cosmetics industry are both calling for tighter regulation of the chemicals used in cosmetics and other personal care products due to concerns over possible carcinogens and other toxic ingredients.
In Congress, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) introduced a bill on Tuesday calling for cosmetics makers to register with the federal government and for larger cosmetics firms to pay user fees to enforce the regulation. The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 also would require all ingredients in a cosmetic product to be listed on the product's label and would give the Secretary of Health and Human Services two years to develop a list of prohibited or restricted ingredients.
Cosmetics manufacturers would be required to notify the federal government of consumers who reported experiencing adverse health effects from their cosmetics and to use alternatives to animal testing of products.
Schakowsky said during a teleconference Wednesday that she introduced her bill -- which was cosponsored by Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) -- because "Americans need to know that their cosmetics and personal care products don't contain chemicals that could harm them."
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Congress will finally be taking a look at fractures in an old law that has enabled toxic chemicals known to be associated with cancer, birth defects, and learning disabilitiesamong other adverse health eventsin common consumer products, wrote Safe Cosmetics. The move is the first of its kind in seven decades.
Three DemocraticRepresentatives, Jan Schakowsky (Illinois), Ed Markey (Massachusetts), and Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin), introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, (HR 5786), said Safe Cosmetics. The Act provides the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight over personal care products to ensure they are free of dangerous ingredients, explained Safe Cosmetics.
Under the law in place, which was passed in 1938, it allowed ingredient safety decision making to be made by the cosmetics industry. Harmful chemicals have no place in the products we put on our bodies or on our childrens bodies, said Representative Schakowsky, quoted Safe Cosmetics. Our cosmetics laws are woefully out of datemanufacturers arent even required to disclose all their ingredients on labels, leaving Americans unknowingly exposed to harmful mystery ingredients. This bill will finally protect those consumers, Schakowsky added.
OT Houston museum’s ‘Corpse Flower’ is blooming.
Democrats once again demonstrating they cannot for the lives of them keep their talons out of the lives of the average American citizen. Increasing fees for makeup regulation will add yet another layer of "government" that will undoubtedly accomplish zip. This is the same government that cannot track mad cow disease nor do comprehensive and continuous inspections on the nation's meat processing plants which presents significantly more danger to American men AND women than "lipstick" ever would.
Snips: Two studies on Alzheimer's victims showed that 5.5 percent and 13 percent, respectively, of patients who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's had, in fact, been suffering from the human variant of mad cow disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases states that one out of every million people gets CJD, thereby giving the United States about 270 cases, but if even 1 percent of the 4 million Alzheimer's patients in the U.S. actually have CJD, we would have 40,000 cases, not 270.
To avoid transmitting mad cow disease to humans, it is illegal in the United Kingdom to feed any animal who is older than 30 months to humans. In the U.S., on the other hand, almost all dairy cows, who are the source of about 40 percent of U.S. hamburger meat, are older than 30 months of age when they are slaughtered.
Does Jouhn Kerry know about this yet? Metrosexuals will be devastated...and since all his money is tied up in yachts and (maybe) paying taxes on them these days, he could be wiped out...or off...and he is no stranger to making things up, either.
Irrelevance at it’s best. If this is all they have to do besides destroying this country, maybe they better stay home.
Well, you know, you just can’t turn on the news almost every day without hearing about someone who’s died from toxic makeup.
I have always been suspicious of lipstick. I love the way it looks. But let’s face it, you ingest most of it. Is that ok?
You would think that the cosmetics industry would unilaterally adopt standards to ensure the safety of their products without looking for approval from Con-gress. It's only good business, and morally right.
Con-gress, OTOH, appears to be looking for any and all ways to make the average citizens life difficult through onerous control measures, regulation, and taxation (Yes, the consumer will end up paying for this).
I don't understand. We gave up testing these things on animals. If a few million human guinea pigs suffer as a result, why should we be surprised?
-Is big medicine, and of course needs to be milked for every cent it's worth.
In the same way that their EPA director called CO2 a toxic gas (GASP!!) in order to regulate it as the precursor to Cap & Tax, so by drawing attention to the 'toxicity' of cosmetics then the next logical step is to tax & regulate its manufacturing and distribution.
Someone watched “Legally Blonde II.” Please confiscate the crazy pills I seem to keep taking.
So now we have another “crisis” made up by the leftists. Another reason to raise taxes and tariffs.
Here is what the unintended consequences will be:
An underground make-up economy populated by old Auntie Emm’s Secrets to Beauty.
So say good-bye to the beauties of America. This is all for the good of the children and stopping their obsession with “looks,” don’t cha’ know. They will ban make-up on anyone less than 21 years of age, such that your natural beauty can shine.
OMG, I can’t take much more of this BS from the government. No ...much more is not correct. I can’t take anymore! I can’t and I won’t. I fried, I am toast, I’m done...now let’s go stick a fork in it!!! AGGGHHHH!
If the government wants to keep us safe from even the most remote hazards then why is it mandating we fill our homes with CFL bulbs containing highly toxic mercury? Read what the EPA recommends for handling a broken CFL: http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.html
ROTFLMAO! Taxing their own SOLID voter base of women - right in front of their stupid faces!
I think the PETA Dems are just feeling guilty about all those poor pigs they have been putting lipstick on for the last couple of years. Gotta be some cases of lip cancer or something there...
H.R. 5786, the Safe Cosmetics Act, has been floating around for a couple of years and now finally has teeth, thanks to well funded lobbyists, like Environmental Working Group (funded by Tides) and some big cosmetic companies. Actress and activist, Fran Drescher is in DC spouting her ignorance. On the 21st, she tweeted, “Off 2 DC 2lobby 4safe cosmetics. The jig is up industry. The Franny’s on her way 2kick sm sense in2 Capitol Hill- join me 2tk out toxins!” It just so happens, Ms. Drescher recently kicked off her own “natural” skincare line. If this bill passes, shes not going to know what hit her.
In true enviro-whacko form, there is fake and misleading science behind some of the claims of toxins in cosmetics. There are some legitimate suspect ingredients that the big companies have been using for years, but some of the claims are flat out lies.
This act, if passed, would give the already overburdened FDA more control over cosmetic companies, large and small. Companies would have to register with the FDA and register their formulas. Businesses that dont register can have their operation suspended. Businesses would have to report gross sales, number of employees, document suppliers and more. An ingredient listing such as aqua (water) would also require a listing of trace elements in that ingredient. Ingredients that are considered carcinogenic, when ingested will be unable to be used in skin care products. Even apples have trace amounts of cyanide. Costs in registering, more intensive testing, modifying production practices, label changing, etc, will be passed on to the consumer. For small manufacturers, these burdens will surely put most of them out of business. Unemployment will increase. In many cases these small businesses are at home soap makers, selling at the local farmers market trying to support their family.
I have been in business for sixteen years. If this bill passes, I could not afford the costs associated with the changes. It would affect me, my family, and my community. This is just another boot on the neck of small business.
More information on how this bill would affect small cosmetic manufacturers can be found at this link: