• September 1, 2020
  • EWG

California Legislature Sends Landmark Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act to Gov. Newsom


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Sunday, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 2762, the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act. This landmark legislation bans 12 toxic ingredients, such as PFAS, mercury and formaldehyde, which are already prohibited from cosmetics and other personal care products sold in the European Union and other countries. The law now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“If signed into law, Californians will have greater assurance of the safety of the consumer products they use every day - like lotion and body wash, toothpaste and dental floss, shampoo and conditioner, and makeup,” said Susan Little, EWG’s senior advocate for California government affairs.

“What are harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and mercury doing in our personal care products?” Little asked. “Now California consumers will join those of 40 other nations who are protected from harmful cosmetics. This common-sense legislation puts people and public health first.”

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