California’s New Toxic-chemical Law Bans Cosmetics Containing Toxic Substances
According to an online news story posted on sfchronicle.com, hair salon customers might feel a little safer next time they visit their local hairdresser or barber. This is due to a new California law that bans toxic-chemicals, changing the ingredients of popular hair straighteners, shampoos, cosmetics, shampoos, and other personal-care products used by customers throughout California and the United States.
California’s toxic-chemical ban was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom back in September 2020. The law bans the use of 24 toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde, mercury, and many kinds of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, in beauty products. According to the news report, all of the banned chemicals are known carcinogens or are considered toxic to humans. Safety advocates supporting the law banning these 24 substances in beauty products support the ban because they feel toxic substances or carcinogens are dangerous to consumers and have no place in beauty products.
The new law does not take effect until the year 2025, which allows product manufacturers the time they need to reformulate and repackage their beauty products. The new law is the first significant action to eliminate toxic substances from beauty products in nearly a hundred years. The news report states that there have been no meaningful Federal regulation changes affecting cosmetics since 1938. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration only regulates 11 personal-care product ingredients as compared to the 1,600 ingredients and substances the European Union bans from cosmetic products.
In recent news, several popular child’s cosmetics (including Talcum powder) were recalled due to the discovery of asbestos contamination. Asbestos is a known carcinogen that may develop into a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of lung cancer that spreads rapidly, and there is no effective cure or treatment for the disease:
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