Target: Tim Walberg, Charmain of the U.S. Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
Goal: Ban harmful ingredients from personal care products
It is currently legal for cosmetics and personal care companies to use ingredients with no pre-sale safety tests. Many chemicals that are used have been linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive issues, and other adverse health effects. A recently proposed bill that aims to close labeling loopholes in the cosmetic industry has been referred to the U.S. Subcommittee of Workforce Protections. This bill, titled the “Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act,” will order the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish labeling requirements for all personal care products. It will also create a safety standard that”provides a reasonable certainty” that no harm is caused by the authorized ingredients.
Personal care products are full of harmful industrial chemicals, which include carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Products Act will protect the public from ingredients with known adverse health effects. If passed, the bill will require manufacturers to submit safety data and report serious adverse effects to be published in a database. This will provide guidance for proper manufacturing processes, with concern for public safety and appropriate funding to ensure effective oversight of the regulation of the cosmetics industry.
Regulations on the cosmetics industry have not been updated for over 70 years. Loopholes in federal laws make the cosmetic industry one of the least regulated by the Federal Drug Administration. Demand that lawmakers take swift action to protect the public from dangerous chemicals in cosmetics.
Dear Chairman Walberg,
I am writing this letter to express my grave concern for a dangerous hidden issue that is currently affecting most Americans. Personal care products are full of harmful industrial chemicals, which include carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Your support for H.R. 1385, the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act is vital in order to protect consumers from these toxins.
Current loopholes in federal laws make the cosmetics industry one of the least regulated by the FDA. This new bill will close these loopholes by establishing a safety standard to protect the public from ingredients with known adverse health effects, creating labeling requirements, requiring manufacturers to submit safety data to a national database. This regulation is long overdue and necessary to ensure public safety.
I am strongly urging you to support H.R. 1385, the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act. Please take action to ensure that dangerous chemicals are removed from cosmetics and personal care products.
[Your Name Here]
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