Lawmakers are taking beauty ingredients more seriously. A new bill attempts to ban asbestos, lead, formaldehyde, and 17 other toxic chemicals in cosmetics. California lawmakers introduced the landmark bill on Tuesday, noting that sales of such products would be deemed illegal in the state. AB 495, the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act , would be the first of its kind in the country. “Californians deserve to know whether the cosmetic products they purchase in the state are not harmful to their health,” assembly member Al Muratsuchi (D), a co-sponsor of the state bill, said in a statement, reports The Hill. “AB 495 will protect consumers by banning the sale in California of cosmetics containing known carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and endocrine disruptors that are harmful to human health.” The bill comes on the heels of the Claire’s Boutique makeup scandal. Earlier this month, the FDA urged consumers to stop using three of the chain’s products which reportedly contained tremolite asbestos. Consumer watchdog groups and health advocates have long criticized regulation of the U.S. beauty industry, which sees little oversight. While the European Union bans 1,300 chemicals in personal care products, the United States has partially banned just 11 chemicals. A recent report […]


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