The measure would give the agency the authority to test ingredients used in cosmetics and issue mandatory recalls for unsafe products.
“People don’t realize there is effectively no regulation of cosmetics,” says Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J.
Unlike pharmaceutical companies, cosmetic companies aren’t required to notify the government of adverse reactions — even if somebody dies.
Consumer concern about the safety of beauty care products has been growing, after, among other things, the discovery of hair products and skin creams with hazardous ingredients such as formaldehyde and mercury.
Big beauty products companies support the legislation, seeing it as a way to regain public trust.