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The government can’t ensure your cosmetics are safe, so they have a plan

September 15, 2016

September 14, 2016

By Jonathan D. Salant

Unlike food or drugs, the U.S. government has no power to ensure that cosmetics are safe, nor to force them off the market if they’re not. New Jersey’s two members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee want to change that.

Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist.) and Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.) said Wednesday that they would propose legislation to give the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate cosmetics, a $60 billion industry. It would update a 1938 law.

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