The use of a cosmetics expert witness or fragrance expert witness may have just became more common in the future. Here is an excerpt from an article about the introduction of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010:
For the first time in 70 years, Congress is poised to close the holes in the federal law that allows chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other illnesses to be used in the products we use on our bodies every day.
Last week, Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, (HR 5786), which gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients. Existing law, passed in 1938, granted decision-making about ingredient safety to the cosmetics industry.
“Harmful chemicals have no place in the products we put on our bodies or on our children’s bodies,” said Rep. Schakowsky. “Our cosmetics laws are woefully out of date—manufacturers aren’t even required to disclose all their ingredients on labels, leaving Americans unknowingly exposed to harmful mystery ingredients. This bill will finally protect those consumers.”
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