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Congress, We Need Safe Cosmetics

Safe Cosmetics Action 03.2010Because of loopholes in current federal law, the $50 billion cosmetics industry in the United States is essentially unregulated. As a result, companies can put virtually any ingredient into their products—from shampoo to eyeliner, baby shampoo to aftershave—regardless of its health consequences.

These ingredients include formaldehyde, phthalates (often found in fragrances and linked to asthma, birth defects and early puberty) and parabens (hormone-disrupting chemicals associated with breast cancer and reproductive toxicity), plus contaminants like lead. Some aren't on the label, making them hard to avoid.

What Can You Do?

If you have a U.S. address, ask your Representative in Congress to co-sponsor the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act, using the form below. This legislation would strengthen FDA regulation of the cosmetics industry, ensure that cosmetics don't contain ingredients or contaminants linked to disease, and close loopholes that currently prevent consumers from knowing what's really in their products.

Personalize your comment: Are you a cancer survivor? Are you pregnant or concerned about your kids' cosmetics? Frustrated with reading labels? Include those details for more impact.


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Dear [Decision Maker],

The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (H.R. 1385) is supported by the Breast Cancer Fund, For more information, contact the bill's authors, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

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