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Health Subcommittee Advances Dingell Provision to Rid PFAS Chemicals from Cosmetics

Washington, March 11, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee advanced a provision led by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) that would require the Food and Drug Administration to prioritize the review of PFAS ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products.

PFAS has been linked to very serious health diseases: kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol and ulcerative colitis, among many other diseases. In the US, many PFAS chemicals are found in cosmetic and personal care products. Dingell’s amendment empowers FDA to act and remove the threat of PFAS from cosmetics.

Video of Dingell speaking on her provision during Committee can be found here.

“This isn’t a partisan issue. Ensuring the safety of cosmetic products concerns us all,” said Dingell. “PFAS has no place in our waters, ground, and air. And it certainly has no place in the cosmetics so many of us use daily.”

Dingell is a strong advocate for cleaning up PFAS contamination and keeping cosmetics safe for everyone to use. In January, the House passed the PFAS Action Act, Dingell’s bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to address the toxic forever chemicals, including listing PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the EPA’s Superfund program to accelerate the clean-up process at military facilities and in communities across the country. Last year, Dingell introduced the Children’s Product Warning Label Act, mandating that all cosmetics marketed to children are demonstrated to be free of asbestos or otherwise carry a warning label.

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