Cosmetics industry kicks out California bill to make products safer

By Becky Bargh | 11-Apr-2019

The Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act was due to be discussed on 23 April

The cosmetics industry has quashed a bill that sought to ban 20 ‘adulterated’ cosmetic ingredients in California.

Labelled the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, it targeted products including asbestos, mercury, formaldehyde and carbon black, in an effort to make personal care products safer for consumers.

However, it was met by opposition from the American Chemistry Council, California Chamber of Commerce, Fragrance Creators Association, Household and Commercial Products Association and the Personal Care Products Council.

The Act was set to be discussed on 23 April by the Assembly Environment, Safety and Toxic Materials Committee but was stalled without the votes to move to the Assembly Health Committee.

Opposers of the bill told the Los Angeles Times they questioned its scientific validity and existing laws are in place to be safe for consumers.

The bill is now not likely to be discussed for another year.

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