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Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 introduced to Congress

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON — Legislation has been introduced that would require stricter labeling requirements of cosmetics and personal care products and give the Food and Drug Administration recall authority for products that are misbranded, adulterated or otherwise fail to meet safety standards.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.; Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.; and Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. The legislation was introduced in the 111th Congress — this year’s bill includes changes designed to ease any potential burdens on small cosmetic manufacturers and clarify the intent of the bill.

"The health risks caused by harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, in cosmetic products demonstrate the pressing need to see that the products we use are safe. The Safe Cosmetics Act is critical to ensuring that personal care products do not compromise the health of workers and consumers," Baldwin said.

Key provisions in the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 include:

  • Post Market Testing: Requires the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct annual random sample tests for pathogens or contaminants in cosmetic products;

  • Registration of cosmetic companies and registration fees: Cosmetics companies would be required to register with the FDA and pay a registration fee based on annual gross receipts or sales. Small businesses with less than $2 million in revenues from cosmetics would be exempt from registration; businesses with less than $10 million in revenues from cosmetics would be exempt from registration fees.

  • Cosmetic and ingredient testing and safety: The FDA would establish a list of ingredients prohibited from being used in cosmetics. This includes carcinogens and reproductive and developmental toxins;

  • Market restrictions: Provides the FDA with recall authority for products that are misbranded, adulterated or otherwise fail to meet the safety standard. The FDA will be able to request a voluntary recall or order the ceasing of distribution of any such cosmetic product;

  • Mandatory reporting of adverse health effects: Cosmetic manufacturers, packagers and distributors would have to provide the FDA with reports of adverse health effects associated with the use of a cosmetic;

  • Worker issues: Requires companies that manufacture cosmetics for salon use to provide information on any health hazards linked with those cosmetics; and

  • States sights: States may set more stringent standards.

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I.DELHI says:
Feb-01-2013 04:09 am

I want to replace some of my cosmetics, but I don't know of any stores or brands that carry all natural and safe cosmetics. I have access to a lot of big shopping malls around here, and there are stores like Sephora and Ulta at the mall as well as all the nicer department stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. Web Design Delhi

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Eucerin introduces Skin Health Cost Calculator

BY Allison Cerra

WILTON, Conn. — Skin care brand Eucerin has introduced a tool that helps consumers understand the financial benefits of good skin care habits.

The Eucerin Skin Health Cost Calculator, which can be accessed at EucerinUS.com, quantifies the medical costs consumers’ skin health habits can have throughout their lifetimes, Eucerin said. The launch of the tool is part of the brand’s Skin First Movement, which is designed to help educate consumers across the country on the importance of skin health as part of overall wellness.

"We are thrilled to introduce the Eucerin Skin Health Cost Calculator," said Catherine Lair, marketing director for Beiersdorf, the parent company for Eucerin. "The Eucerin Skin Health Cost Calculator is our latest step toward ensuring that women see their skin as a priority in maintaining their overall health by emphasizing the financial, emotional and practical benefits of nurturing the body’s largest organ."

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John Frieda brings hair care tips to women through tour

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — John Frieda has hit the road to provide women with hair care advice.

The hair styling brand commenced the John Frieda Destination: Style Salon Tour this past weekend in Los Angeles, with future stops planned in Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis and Atlanta.

The tour offers women the opportunity to sign up for complimentary styling sessions courtesy of John Frieda hair care. Each client receives a 15-minute lesson with a top John Frieda stylist, who will consult with her about her specific hair issues, as well as educate her on how a John Frieda regimen can help her achieve the style transformations she strives for, the company said.

The John Frieda Destination: Style Salon Tour will arrive in Seattle from June 29 to 30, followed by Chicago (July 9 to 10), Minneapolis (July 15 to 16) and Atlanta (July 22 to 23).

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