Usually, consumers purchase nail scissors and other products from stores and assume that they are safe. People often trust the labels “all-natural” or “organic” and trust what the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has to say about certain products in the market. For that reason, consumers believe that the same thing applies to beauty products. However, reality says otherwise.
Most consumers are unaware of the fact that the law currently ruling over cosmetics manufacturing is the Act of 1939. Can you imagine following a law that was created over 70 years ago without any changes or updates? This means that the FDA doesn’t have much authority over cosmetic products, and there have been many changes over the years. More than 80,000 non-particle and chemicals have been brought to the marketplace over the years, but the industry doesn’t provide much information about the safety of the ingredients used.
The reality is, most of the ingredients companies use in manufacturing beauty products haven’t gone under any investigation for safety by any public and reliable institution. Also, researchers have discovered that the majority of these chemicals contain neurotoxins, carcinogens, or mutagens.
The U.S. has been left behind by its European counterparts in studying these harmful chemicals. At least the EU (European Union) required the registration of 30,000 chemicals last 2007. Presently, about 1,300 substances are banned. That’s why the EU rejects several products coming from the U.S., placing U.S. manufacturers at a disadvantage in foreign markets.
The outdated law that American manufacturers have been following went untouched until 2011. In 2011, a new Act for safety was introduced to Congress. The bill named “Safe Cosmetics Act” would have been an opportunity for the FDA to get what it needs to ensure that beauty products contain safe ingredients. It would impose that companies fully disclose all the ingredients on their labels to keep consumers aware of what they are purchasing. Sadly, the Act didn’t push through.
In March 2013, Rep. Janice Schakowky reintroduced the said Act. The original bill in 2011 was rejected by small business owners due to its fees, requirements, and registration. However, the 2013 Act exempts businesses from fees, as long as their annual sales go below $10 million. It also exempts businesses from registration with annual sales below $2 million. This allows young companies to spend their money on innovations and ensure safety.
As mentioned, this Act will allow the FDA to harness resources that will help ensure the safety of cosmetic products. Also, it requires companies to disclose all ingredients they use on their product labels and even websites. As a result, the bill will benefit both businesses and consumers alike. Consumers will become more confident in purchasing cosmetic products. Also, it will help companies who dedicate themselves to manufacturing safe products gain a competitive advantage.
Business owners coming from different backgrounds are encouraged to sign this valuable letter so that Congress will hear it and support it.