• Hidden threat in care products
    March 25,2013
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    Hidden threat in care products

    Every day we all use personal care products from soap to deodorant, shampoo to makeup, which contain toxic chemical ingredients that are absorbed through the skin, ingested or inhaled. Chemicals found in these products have been linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and reproductive toxicity. According to the Skin Deep report by the Environmental Working Group, one-third of personal care products contain at least one chemical linked to cancer.

    In the United States, only 20 percent of the chemicals used by the cosmetics industry have been subjected to testing by the Food and Drug Administration. This is unacceptable. Major loopholes in federal law prevent the government from requiring safety testing for long-term negative health effects.

    I believe that the government should be protecting us, but it’s not. In the state of Vermont, safe cosmetics legislation has just been introduced that would help protect Vermonters from the unregulated $50 billion cosmetics industry.

    House bill 308 would require cosmetics manufacturers to disclose to the state any ingredient that is on state or federal lists of chemicals that cause cancer or birth defects and would allow the state Department of Health Services to demand manufacturers supply any health-related information about cosmetic ingredients. This bill would help ensure that the people of Vermont are not unnecessarily exposed to carcinogens in their personal care products.

    Please join me in supporting this crucial legislation.


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