Meet the New Chemical Safety Rules (Same as the Old Rules)

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4186-1402The Washington Post today reported on the decades-old federal government rules on the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics and personal care products, including shampoo and many children’s personal care products. The rules were adopted in 1938 but have not been updated since.

A year ago, the FDA and the cosmetics industry came together in talks to strengthen and modernize safety rules. But this week an FDA official wrote that industry’s proposal would actually weaken the current outdated rules and undermine more protective state laws, stating that their proposal if adopted would “put Americans at greater risk from cosmetics-related illness and injury than they are today.”

In an eerily similar vein, last week Congressman John Shimkus (R-Il) floated a new chemical policy bill. Similar to the outdated cosmetic rules, U.S. safety rules on thousands of chemicals used in common household products have not been updated for more than four decades, yet scientists are finding new evidence every day of the harmful health effects of many widely used chemicals. Unfortunately, like the industry-proposed cosmetic rules, the latest House proposal for new chemical rules would actually make matters worse for American children and families. CEH Eastern States Dirctor Ansje Miller said the Shimkus proposal “would leave our children and families even more vulnerable to chemicals that devastate our health, our ability to learn, our fertility, and more.”

We need real chemical safety rules now, not more backwards industry-led proposals. See more on chemical safety reform and CEH’s action.

Ali manages the website and coordinates the online communications of CEH. She works with the communications and development staff to create messaging strategies and public education content for CEH’s supporters and online audience. A Bay Area native, Ali attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Cultural Studies. This allowed her to live abroad in Argentina, where she studied Latin American history and learned valuable Spanish language skills. Ali is thrilled to be part of an organization that advocates for healthy communities so effectively.