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Tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. It poses too great a threat to survival and health.
The shelves of your local drug store hardly seem like the source
of dangerous chemicals such as lead and formaldehyde. But these and other
potentially harmful chemicals are sold to consumers for direct application in
makeup, shampoo, hair treatments, and lotions due to a poorly-regulated cosmetics industry.
The statute that regulates the $50 billion cosmetics industry is
over 70 years old. It allows the cosmetics companies themselves to make
decisions about the safety of their own ingredients, and prevents the Food and
Drug Administration both from requiring safety assessments and from
implementing product recalls.
This is a backwards approach to public health. Now we have a chance to change that approach. Last month, the Safe
Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R. 2359) was introduced by Reps.
Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc. You can help
build the momentum needed to move this bill through the House Energy and
Commerce Committee. Tell your Representative
that you don’t want lead in your lipstick. Please support this Act.
Provisions of the Safe
Cosmetics Act of 2011 include:
Ask your Representative to
sign on as a co-sponsor of the Safe Cosmetics Act.
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