California Bill Aims to Ban Cosmetics That Includes Certain Ingredients

After banning sales of animal-tested cosmetics, California is now considering a law that bans cosmetic products with ingredients that the State of California determines are “poisonous” or are “deleterious substance[s] that may render it injurious to users when used as directed.” According to proposed Section 111673 of the Health and Safety Code, a cosmetic would be deemed “adulterated” if any of the listed ingredients were “intentionally added” to the cosmetic. The ingredients in the proposed bill include asbestos, lead, dibutyl phthalate, diethylhexyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde releasers, mercury and “related compounds”, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, toluene, triclosan, carbon black, and PFAS.

According to a report, a co-sponsor of the bill stated:

“Californians deserve to know whether the cosmetic products they purchase in the state are not harmful to their health. While cosmetic products sold in the U.S. are largely unregulated, other nations — and even retailers — have proactively banned or restricted the use of hundreds or thousands of cosmetic ingredients. 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 proposed bill would make a violation “a crime.” The proposed act states that, “[i]f the division determines that an ingredient in a cosmetic product is potentially toxic at the concentrations present in the product or under conditions used, existing law requires the division to immediately refer the results of the investigation” to various state agencies. The current version of the bill can be found here.

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