US Rep. Schakowsky Wants Cosmetic Supply Chain Transparency; Benzene In Sunscreen Cited
Cosmetic ingredient and raw material suppliers would be required to share toxicity and safety data with brand owners, along with certificates of analysis and contaminant testing reports, under the Cosmetic Supply Chain Transparency Act of 2021. The bill is part of a proposed Safer Beauty package introduced in the US House on 29 July by Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, and colleagues.
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